Edith Massey’s shop c. 1974 photo by Elinor Cahn
Elinor Cahn made a series of similar photos in the late ’60s early ’70s Baltimore Renaissance period. This time was marked by John Waters first film successes, downtown $1 homes, and a hipster migration to Fells Point that began its re-birth.
Sensing a monumental change, Cahn prowled the remaining ethnic enclaves of East Baltimore, Fells Point and Highlandtown and documented the people and their lives that were joined by bohemian artists who would eventually be displaced themselves by gentrification, gelato bars, and $1 million homes. I lived there at the time and these photos bring back vivid memories. So glad I stumbled on them.
See more, including a young and wonderfully fetching artist Sue Lowe in her Dallas Street home, which was just around the corner from mine.
Low-low budget filmmaking c. 1975 with John Waters on “Desperate Living” l-r Tom L’oizeaux, John Waters, Robert Maier
“Now the studios are looking for the John Waters that made Female Trouble,” he said. “They want a film that you made for $50,000 that’s at Sundance.
They buy it for $200,000, they add $300,000 of bad pop music, $500,000 to make it look worse technically than you had it before, then release it as a found-footage movie and make $70 million.
They’re looking for it. It’s the best time ever to be a young person making movies.”
from: Boise Weekly interview by Josh Gross
I was X-ed off John’s Christmas Card mailing list for being too naughty by publishing Low Budget Hell, but I still treasure his old cards.
This is not exactly a card, but an actual, full-size blown-glass working Christmas tree ornament, with a rubber roach inside. It’s the only non-paper card greeting he ever sent.
Now that his mailing list tops 2,000 names, of course it would be too expensive to send such a wonderful trinket.
I haven’t seen photos of it published , but it should be admired by the world, so here is a Christmas gift to all the fans.
Photo by Robert Maier