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PHOTOS: Vintage Voguers Prove Baltimore Is Burning

Madonna may have brought voguing into the mainstream with her 1990 hit song Vogue, but the dance tradition had been around long before the Queen of Pop ever took notice. It dates all the way back to the 1960s when voguing first arose in ballrooms across Harlem. Over the decades it became a popular form of dance and self-expression used by queer people of color in urban communities.

French photographer Frédéric Nauczyciel’s became fascinated by the voguers he met while on a trip to Baltimore in 2011. So he decided to do a photo series featuring them.

“They invent themselves. They decide who they want to be. They can twist very easily from masculine to feminine, from nice to mean,” he told Slate. “I think it’s very brave, very courageous.”

Scroll down to see just a few of Nayczyciel’s photographs, and check out more of his work at his website.

On:           Apr 16, 2014
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    • TerrenM

      Truly think it is time to do a FULL ON BARRAGE angainst Shepard Smith,

      Apr 17, 2014 at 2:01 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam


      Did I miss something? What in the article has anything to do with Sheppard Smith? lol

      Apr 17, 2014 at 10:29 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • John Mulholland

      These photos, so brilliant, capture the sheer elegance, the stunning beauty of these voguers. Powerful and so very, very moving.

      Apr 19, 2014 at 11:18 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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