Vintage pride, so amazing.
I’ve reblogged most if not all of these photos before, but they’re too lovely to not reblog again.
i can get behind the message of this, but the fact that these are posted without credit, context, dates, not to mention under the headline “vintage photographs of lesbian couples” kind of irks me.
credit from what i know:
- La Grosse Claude et son amie, au “Monocle” by Brassaï (from his “ladies at the monocle” series in the 1930s)
- Tango in the east end (1954) by Thurston Hopkins
- At first I thought this was part of Deborah Bright’s Dream Girls series but I can’t find any credit/source on it.
i can’t find sources on any of the other images. i understand the desire to find images that speak to us and our realities in the past, but i feel like it unfair to ourselves and to the artists who took these photographs to erase the real stories behind them. aside from the bottom photo (which i’m pretty sure is just of models hired by a saucy photographer) these look like photographs of real people with real lives. i think it’s important to do justice to that. …and this is all without talking about how shitty it is that even though these images are beautiful, they are all still pretty resoundingly of conventionally “beautiful” white folks. sadly another instance of even queered images reproducing dominant norms.
also it makes me want to dig up an old article i wrote about queering images that aren’t necessarily queer…
Dean Spade (For Lovers and Fighters)
this is a hard thing to aspire to, but something i try to do.