Chantal Regnault is the photographer behind the images in Voguing and dance scene in New York, 1989-1992, a new publication by the Soul Jazz label. She speaks of her life behind the lens with some of the most dynamic artists of Harlem
Tell us about yourself:
'm Chantal Regnault. I was born in France and moved to New York in 1971. My database is still 40 years later, when he moved to Port-au-Prince, Haiti in 1994 and remained until the residence in January 2010 earthquake gave me shots back in New York. I was one of the lucky ones who have lost their homes and still had a place to go. Literature has been my experience, but wild 1970 in New York caused the change in the picture: energy in the streets, people, diversity and originality have been particularly inspiring freestyle. As the city seemed on the verge of financial collapse and physical (Abe beam used to say, "I am the mayor of 10.000 bumps"), the art scene is booming. Hip-hop culture has been brewing, style from head to fashion, there was break dancing and graffiti, for the first time on the walls and trains, and finally, in the galleries. This gave me and I ' have documented urban subcultures emerging in many years.
How to get to know and voguing photography?
In 1988, the Village Voice published a few articles the last minute, the envy of Venus by Donald Suggs and the World According to Scott Poulson Bryant Vogue. Both were very good introduction into the circuit of the show gay black and Latino, who comes from a new style called voguing dance club, which was discovered in 1989 and 1990, when Malcolm Mclaren iconic artists, Blondie and Madonna gets Spotlight traditional. Even more intriguing is the network of "houses" that were competing in the dancing. They were both foster homes for children who had been expelled by homosexuals in their biological family, and meetings of indivdual based fashion talent, style and glamor, reflecting the large fashion houses. These places are a haven of tolerance, freedom and free expression of a rainbow for the expansion of sexual identities. Soon I was able to follow the following function as a ball has been called home. And once we had one, told where and when the next will take place. At that time there were six main houses and a dozen new houses, and each threw a ball than a year, sometimes two ...
Tell me more about the scene:
Well, the balls were fun and enjoyable, and the photographer was very popular in the fashion scene, without glory, without images and gratitude for the beauty and ingenuity displayed. This made the task much easier and enjoyable course. Glamor woman butch queens and queens of the podium and sewing divas, butch drag queens in humor and athletic voguers youth who need more than two eyes to guide the world. And the atmosphere, laughter, drama, drama, music hit home was the most exciting to spend a night in New York at the time
Tell me about New York from 1989-1992:
Voguing native of Harlem all the way in the 1920s. They were called then, and contests were followed only by drag queens (as they were called then), before the scene became the fashion house of black and Hispanic gay late 60's and 70's. The opening scene with other genres progressive gay and Butch queens (male seeks gay), Butch (men seeking women in all stages of processing) and even men and heterosexual women. I met him when he had voguing downtown gay clubs like the best, the Latin Quarter and the Paradise Garage, and when the houses began to celebrate their annual dance at the center of leased space and the center city. Midtown near Times Square bars (Sally Hideway, Edelweiss, Escualita), where the young girls at work and their clients use to relax. In the center, near the village to the west, had been the scene of the glory of gay liberation in the 60s. In fact, the type of ball phenomena of the nightlife of New York revived, which had dropped dramatically as the first wave of AIDS were sicknessses decimate the community. Queens has become the stars of the line of clubs in New York, and began to be recognized, appreciated and photographed. Appeared on television and were interviewed by television icons. The voguers has also become a great attraction, and soon everyone wanted to imitate his style of dance. Two figures have been instrumental in launching the trend in the clubs of downtown Susanne Bartsch and woke Chichi Valenti, two white females and straight, they both had a knack for new and fabulous and a great network social