Russell Clark’s 'Saturday night' (1934) conveys the bustle and bright lights of a nocturnal city street – possibly Wellington’s Cuba Street. The image is sexually charged. The men staring up at the women in the window, as another man seemingly propositions a woman in the doorway, suggest the building is a brothel. That the area is a red-light district is further indicated by the sailors, policeman and bonneted Salvation Army missioner – whose aim was to save prostitutes from their sinful lives.
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by Russell Stuart Clark
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