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Carnival Strippers 1972 – 1975: Susan Meiselas’ original series


The Danziger Gallery in New York is showing the photographs that launched this documentary photographer’s career. Susan Meiselas crossed paths with carnival strippers during a road trip in New England with her husband Richard p. Rogers – a documentary director known for having studied American culture and its social classes in his films. It was the summer of 1972. She was amazed by the signs “Women and children not allowed” at the entrances to the tents, alongside those who performed there, but she would wait until the following year to be invited into their dressing rooms and record the conversations...

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