Showgirls at Work and at Play: Gordon Parks’ Nightclub Portraits

Between scenes in the show at New York's Latin Quarter, Pat Farrell prepares to make a chess move. Opponent (right) is Grace Sundstrom. Kibitzing at left is Shirley Forrest, an ex-schoolteacher.
Gordon Parks—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

Gordon Parks' pictures of showgirls matter simply because they're beautiful -- and because they offer, as LIFE magazine noted, "living, breathing proof of the poet's point that beauty is its own excuse for being." Read More

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