Abramson’s Hidden Photos finally see light of day . .
Several years after the passing of Chicago photographer Michael Abramson, a cache of photos were discovered of a project he sometimes discussed but no evidence had yet been seen. During the 1970s, stripper joints in various large cities including Chicago had a tradition known as Camera Night in which amateur photographers were invited to bring their cameras to document the strippers' preparations before the night's show officially began. The scene is further described here.
Abramson went to a few of these Camera Night events but instead of focusing on the women who were quite busy performing for the lens, he focused on the other photographers. That decision allows us today to dramatically see this uninhibited gaze of guys leaning forward with their cameras in sometimes comic positions to get that erotic perfect shot. The selected images go well beyond voyeurism.
London’s unique Hoxton Mini-Press got the exclusive privilege of publishing these uncovered photos together with an informative foreword by Dr Midge Wilson of Chicago - illuminating the time and culture on display. Men Photographing Women in the 70s is just now available for purchase. It’s a solid addition to the Abramson photo book collection - demonstrating in full splendor in a not so distant time - North Side and South Side Chicago’s diverse and compelling nightlife.