1972 – 1979

The photos in this series show the performers of various sex theaters in Hamburg in St. Pauli; from the Alcazar, Regina, Salambo, from Tabu and Pulverfass. What fascinates me as a photographer about these people are the personalities of the individuals, the actor who was prepared to bring to reality the secret sexual fantasies of an inhibited society in full public view and in exchange for only a fee.
Despite an interaction between the greedy theater owner and the lasciviousness of the theater guest, the performer could receive only one thing; the hope for an ideal world. Privately they did not stop creating this.

André Gelpke 1981