Steidl, 2003 Revised edition Hardcover with dust jacket, 164 pages, 280 x 240 mm Condition: Fine
From 1972 to 1975, Susan Meiselas spent her summers photographing and interviewing women who performed striptease for small town carnivals in New England, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina. As she followed carnivals from town to town, she portrayed the dancers on and off stage, capturing their public performances as well as their private lives. She also taped interviews with the dancers, their boyfriends, the show managers, and paying customers.
Originally published in 1976, during of the second wave of feminism, Carnival Strippers brought to the fore differing views on women, sex, society, and class, exploring the sometimes hard-to-define line between independence and exploitation. A study of the role of women in society in the 70s through the microcosm of the dying traveling ‘girl show’ industry, Meisela's work reflects the struggle for identity and self-esteem that characterized a complex era of change.
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