The old world character of New Orleans is at once elegant, cultured, and refined, yet dilapidated, boisterous, and vulgar. To document these abundant eccentricities, Jackie Brenner is drawn to subjects that expose the night people of her hometown with Bourbon Street and its strip clubs as the perfect tease. To gain entry into this darkened, shadowy world was difficult.
Friday nights, better known as date night in the Crescent City, were chosen to penetrate the fantasy, harshness, and humanity of the stripper’s world; to become a witness to the reality of their “otherwordly” existence. These are women who find the amount of money that can be earned too hard to pass up regardless of the consequences. They are a little bit of everyone just trying to make it through the day using whatever resources are available.
George DeWolfe: In understanding the inscrutability of this unknown dark side of humanity by carefully looking at Jackie’s images, it might just be possible to see a beauty overlaying the misery that lies beneath Jackie’s images.
Josephine Sacabo: When I turned over the last print in the box (of images that were sent to her by Jackie) I knew that I had been in the presence of an exceptionally honest and clear-eyed artist, one who really saw and understood. A dollar bill stuck in a woman’s crotch; another woman hanging like a piece of meat on a hook.