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Top Marx for Lockdown Inspired Burlesque Book

Top Marx for Lockdown Inspired Burlesque Book

21st Century Burlesque Magazine
Jeanie Wishes by Veronika Marx, featured in Showgirl Shutdown: Posing in the Pandemic

Spring 2021 brings renewed confidence that live performance can return after a year of Covid closures. Burlesque photographer Veronika Marx is celebrating with a new book, showcasing some of the brightest stars of the stage.

Marx started out in 2012 as Verve Rockabilly Photography, specialising in American pinup and rockabilly imagery. A shoot with Bettsie Bon Bon introduced her to the world of burlesque, and she quickly became one of the most sought-after photographers in the scene.

On a high from shooting the cover of Playboy CZ a few months ago, Marx has published her first burlesque photography book. After a long period of hardship and uncertainty for the arts, it’s a welcome reminder of how dazzling and diverse burlesque can be. It’s also a shining example of what can be achieved when creatives embrace limitations and collaborate in challenging circumstances.

Marisa Nicolette by Veronika Marx, featured in Showgirl Shutdown: Posing in the Pandemic

The idea for a lockdown-inspired photography book came after a virtual photoshoot with Miss Jolie Papillon.

‘We wanted to have a bit of fun, and have something positive come out of this really hard lockdown period,’ Veronika says. ‘It was a win for everyone, as I still got to exercise my passion and my clients got new images. Shooting remotely also meant I could work with incredible international performers, such as Miss Miranda, Jake Dupree, Tosca Rivola, Raquel Reed and Bryona Ashley.’

Pi The Mime by Veronika Marx, featured in Showgirl Shutdown: Posing in the Pandemic

With encouragement from Papillon, and copy assistance from Jeanie Wishes, Marx created images for the book during a series of late-night remote shoots. This meant she could take care of her two young sons during the day. With limited childcare available she couldn’t photograph everyone on her wish list, but a follow up edition looks likely.

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Miss Isabella Bliss at home, by Veronika Marx, featured in Showgirl Shutdown: Posing in the Pandemic

‘I want to thank all the performers who squeezed in a late night remote shoot for me; this book wouldn’t exist without them,’ Marx says. ‘They glammed themselves up, shaved their legs, brushed their hair and tidied their houses at a stressful and uncertain time.’

Showgirl Shut-In: Posing in the Pandemic, is available worldwide for £29.99 + p&p.

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