Susan Meiselas. Lawrence Changing the Record, Essex Junction, Vermont. 1973

Susan Meiselas Lawrence Changing the Record, Essex Junction, Vermont 1973

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Wary of photography’s power to shape our understanding of social, political and global issues and of the potentially complex ethical relationship between photographer and subject, Susan Meiselas has developed an immersive approach through which she gets to know her subjects intimately. Carnival Strippers is among her earliest projects and the first in which she became accepted by the community she was documenting. Over the summers of 1972 to 1975, she followed an itinerant, small-town carnival, photographing the women who performed in the striptease shows. She captured not only their public performances, but also their private lives. To more fully contextualize these images, Meiselas presents them with audio recordings of interviews with the dancers, giving them voice and a measure of control over the way they are presented.

Additional text from Seeing Through Photographs online course, Coursera, 2016
Medium
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 2000
Dimensions
7 11/16 × 11 3/4" (19.5 × 29.9 cm)
Credit
Committee on Photography Fund
Object number
159.2014
Copyright
© 2021 Susan Meiselas
Department
Photography
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