Carnival Strippers by Susan Meiselas - Signed Book – Magnum Photos

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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 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 excerpts from the interviews. Additionally an Audio-CD with a collage of voices from many participants and a 1977 interview with the photographer is included. Essays by Sylvia Wolf and Deirdre English reflect on the importance of this body of work within both the history of photography and feminism.

Out of Print. Signed by Susan Meiselas

  • Format: Hardcover with Dust Jacket
  • Pages: 164
  • Publisher: Steidl
  • Publication Year: 2003
  • Size: 10.75 x 9.2 inches
  • ISBN: 978-3-88243-954-0

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Available in a limited quantity in the Magnum Shop, this book has been signed by Susan Meiselas. This book features Meiselas's photography on carnival strippers in the US, and providing an intimate look into the dancers' private lives.


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 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 excerpts from the interviews. Additionally an Audio-CD with a collage of voices from many participants and a 1977 interview with the photographer is included. Essays by Sylvia Wolf and Deirdre English reflect on the importance of this body of work within both the history of photography and feminism.

Out of Print. Signed by Susan Meiselas

  • Format: Hardcover with Dust Jacket
  • Pages: 164
  • Publisher: Steidl
  • Publication Year: 2003
  • Size: 10.75 x 9.2 inches
  • ISBN: 978-3-88243-954-0

The Magnum Shop usually ships orders at least three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. To calculate shipping please go to your Cart.

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Please note that if you choose First Class International for orders up to 4lbs or up to $400, delivery can take up to 30 days and tracking may not be available for your country.

If you choose Priority Mail International for your order delivery usually takes between 6 to 10 days depending on your country. Tracking will always be available.

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The Magnum Shop usually ships orders at least three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. To calculate shipping please go to your Cart.

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Please note that if you choose First Class International for orders up to 4lbs or up to $400, delivery can take up to 30 days and tracking may not be available for your country.

If you choose Priority Mail International for your order delivery usually takes between 6 to 10 days depending on your country. Tracking will always be available.

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