- Hardcover: 164 pages
- Publisher: Steidl; 2 Revised edition (September 2, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 3882439548
- ISBN-13: 978-3882439540
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.9 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #882,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Carnival Strippers Hardcover – September 2, 2003
Featured photography guides
Explore the latest books on photography for every level.
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
The book first appeared in 1976 and his long been out-of-print. The photographer, Susan Meiselas, was at the time a young woman just out of graduate school. She spent the summers of 1972 -- 1975 following the carnivals and in getting to know the women to photograph them and their environs. She at first offered her photographs and interviews to various feminist publications who turned them down.
Meiselas subsequently went on to a distinguished career as a documentary photographer working extensively in Central America and Kurdistan. In 1992, Meiselas was named a MacArthur fellow.
"Carnival Strippers" received attention upon its initial publication for its frank, but nonjudgmental portrayal of its tawdry subject. The book was made into two plays before it, like the carnival strip shows themselves disappeared from attention. Then, in 2000, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City featured a retrospective of the photographs. The Whitney Museum published this second edition of "Carnival Strippers" in 2003 with Sylvia Wolf, curator of photography at the Museum contributing an essay. Deidre English of the Graduate School of Photojournalism at the University of California at Berkeley has also written an essay for the book.
In the 2003 edition, 16 new photographs are added from Meiselas's source materials and 13 photographs that appeared in the 1976 edition are deleted, making a total of 76 photographs in the book. The new edition is also rearranged from the initial text.Read more ›
Most impressive to me was the fact the author says almost nothing of her own opinions or ideas regarding the girls, the talkers or the lifestyle. Instead the reader is simply treated to the text of her interviews and therefore only the ideas of the people who performed and in some cases the people that watched.
As performer I was especially pleased to read in it's entirety an original Girlshow "talk" or "bally" at the front of the book, and I love the unabashed and often casual photos taken back stage, all of witch give one an insiders sense of what it must have been like in the glory days.
"Any book allows it reader to distance himself. The curtain closing on the girl show stage is replaced by the page turning over. Like the show, the book represents coexistent aspects of a phenomenon, one which horrifies,one which honors. If the viewer is appalled [as I was] by what follows, that reaction is not so difference from the alienation of those who participate in the shows." From the forward of the 1976 edition which appeared while the shows were still a part of the American carnival scene."
End note: The 2003 Whitney Museum exhibition of the Meiselas photographs and its publication of this thoughtful revision of the original 1976 edition is a credit to all concerned. Both the original cloth bound and paperback editions as well as the three editions of the Whitney reissue are available. For example, see the listings on Addall.com where the prices range from $30.00 for a fair copy of the first edition paperback to nearly $2000 for a signed first edition. Take your pick.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is part of the carnival and sideshow industry not too well known. I loved it, the way it was presented and the grainy black and white photos added to the mystique of this... Read morePublished on June 7, 2014 by Tim OBrien
The book I was looking for long time, I did not have money. This book is one more addition to my collection. Read morePublished on June 2, 2014 by Saibal Das
Looked to be a great book. I got it for my brother telling him to let me read it after he was done with it. I still haven't got to read it, I may have to get one for myself.Published on January 8, 2013 by Mat