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Vintage Photographs From 1960s Nightclubs [18+]

The sexual revolution in the West started in the middle of the twentieth century and started spreading around the globe. During the 1960s the revolution came to South Africa. The Catacombs club bouncer, Billy Monk decided to make some extra money and started to take photos of people having fun at the club.

Monk’s early years are unclear, but during his life he had many occupations. He was: a safecracker, Woolworths model, smuggler, poacher, sandal shop owner, diamond diver, and finally a bouncer at the one of the most crowded nightclub in Cape Town. When he bought a camera, his intention was to boost his income by taking pictures to sell to the people he photographed. But a series of excellent photographs taken between 1967-1969 unintentionally captured the seedy underbelly of 1960s life in South Africa. Billy Monk died in 1979, killed by a .22 bullet in a petty row over furniture. Two weeks earlier his pictures had been exhibited in Johannesburg to acclaim. Billy Monk never got to see them.

Check out Billy Monk’s vintage photographs from 1960s nightclubs below.

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