c. 1931 (printed mid-1950s)
Gelatin silver print, ferrotyped
Image: 29.8 x 22.1 cm (11 3/4 x 8 11/16 in.)
John L. Severance Fund 2007.40
© The Brassaï Estate - RMN
Brassaï wrote about attending one of the large drag balls held in Paris and attended by people of every class, race, and age: "Every entrance and every costume gave rise to shrieks of surprise, cries of astonishment, of joy. . . . Two young men wrapped in each other’s arms had to demonstrate the perfect union of their souls, their bodies-dressed in a singlesuit: one was wearing the jacket, with his legs and buttocks naked; the other wore the pants, his torso and feet bare, since he had given his boyfriend the only pair of shoes."
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