Casa Susanna




When Robert Swope and his partner Michel Hurst came across a hundred or so snapshots and three photo albums at a flea market in Manhattan, they did not realise they had uncovered a secret world in which real men from Main Street turned themselves into Cinderellas. At the dawn of the 1960s, this cross dressing was not so much about looking fit to take part in a Gay Parade, but more about transforming themselves into a perverted version of their wives. It was only at Casa Susanna, a slightly run-down bungalow camp in Hunter, N.Y. that these men could feel at home.