Carnival Strippers

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Göttingen, 2003 - Photography - 163 pages
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From 1972 to 1975, Susan Meiselas spent her summers photographing and interviewing women who performed striptease for smalltown carnivals in New England, Pennsylvania and South Carolina. As she followed the girl shows from town to town, she portrayed the dancers on stage and off, photographing their public performances as well as their private lives. She also taped interviews with the dancers, their boyfriends, the show managers and paying customers. Meiselas' frank description of the lives of these women brought a hidden world to public attention. Produced during the early years of the women's movement, "Carnival Strippers" reflects the struggle for identity and self-esteem that characterized a complex era of change. This revised edition contains a new selection of Meiselas' black-and-white photographs together with the original interview excerpts. Additionally, an audio CD featuring a collage of participants' voices and a 1977 interview with the photographer are included. Essays by Sylvia Wolf and Deirdre English reflect on the importance of this body of work within the history of photography and the history of feminism.

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About the author (2003)

Susan Meiselas is an award-winning documentary photographer represented by Magnum and best-known for her work in Central America. Her photographs have appeared worldwide in the pages of Time, the New York Times,Paris Match and Life, among others. A 1992 MacArthur fellow, Meiselas has edited a number of books, including Learn to See, Chile from Within and Kurdistan: In the Shadow of History, and has published the photographic books Pandora's Box and Carnival Strippers. Encounters with the Dani accompanies her multimedia installation for the 2003 ICP Triennial of Photography and Video: Strangers.

Deirdre English is the former editor of Mother Jones magazine. She has written for the Nation, New York Times Book Review, San Francisco Magazine, S.F. Chronicle Sunday Magazine, Vogue, and public radio and television. Currently, English is a professor at University of California, Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism.

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