Nov 8, 2023
Nov 8, 2023

The Copa Club, Port-au-Prince

Merci Gonaïves

The Copa Club, Port-au-Prince

1983, printed later

Danny Lyon

(American, b. 1942)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 27.9 x 35.6 cm (11 x 14 in.)

Gift of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg 2023.78


Did you know?

The Copa Club in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, was a brothel.


When Danny Lyon arrived in Haiti in 1983, he began by photographing at the Copa Club, a brothel, and other clubs on the same road. “I sat and drank and left a Leica on the table like a calling card,” he wrote. “The women who work in the clubs are mostly Dominicans living there for months at a time who then fly home to their families in the Dominican Republic.” He photographed them during their moments of leisure, bathing or resting or chatting among themselves.

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