DRAGON LADIES: A TREASURE TROVE OF PHOTOS OF STRIPTEASERS FROM THE EIGHTIES

Photographer B. Mason with lady friend

BY LISA JANSSEN

Tyler Hubby, an editor and director of the highly anticipated Tony Conrad documentary lives around the corner from me in Echo Park. When he moved his family into their house ten years ago, he found a mysterious trove of “stack (s) of withered, moldy envelopes from different one-hour photo labs.” What we all dream of, right?

The folders contained hundreds of photos of stripteasers from the eighties at downbeat Los Angeles clubs like the Dragon Lady and The Last Call, taken by the mysterious B. Mason. Tyler Hubby has never been able to track the backstory.

There was not much to find on B. Mason. I’m pretty sure he was the previous owner of the house although he was never really listed on the title.  My guess is that he inherited the house from his mother and lived here throughout the ‘80s until his death.  I think he was a professor at USC, but can’t remember how i knew that.  We bought the house after another buyer lived here briefly (and didn’t clear out the garage).”
– Tyler Hubby

I do find myself warming to the Eighties decade now that I’m of the nostalgia-aged demographic. Like we said about the movies of the ‘60s and ‘70s, there is something warm and reassuring about the hue of those ‘80s films and photographs.

I recently watched Wim Wenders’ Lightening Over Water  and I couldn’t believe how beautiful the color was. What looked garish then, now feels like a warm blankie.

The colors are gorgeous, the club interiors divine. And it looks like they are having a good day at work!

To visit the website that Tyler Hubby created to showcase the  photos visit DRAGON LADIES BLOG

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Lisa Janssen is a contributing writer for PleaseKillMe.com

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