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Carnival Strippers [With Audio CD]

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From 1972 to 1975, Susan Meiselas spent her summers photographing and interviewing women who performed striptease for smalltown 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 intervi ...more
Hardcover, 163 pages
Published November 21st 2008 by Steidl Publishing (first published November 1st 1976)
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Robin Friedman
Sep 27, 2016 Robin Friedman rated it it was amazing
"Carnival Strippers" is a photographic documentary of the carnival strip shows that flourished in county fairs in small-town New England through the late 1970s. The book consists of photographs of the strippers, the managers, callers, and barkers who run the shows, and their customers, or "marks".

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 followi
Rick West
May 04, 2009 Rick West rated it really liked it
Susan Meiselas traveled three years photographing and interviewing
the dancers, talkers, and managers working the small carnival girl shows. These crude and rude shows were known as cooch shows. Before Hooters and the local titty bars popped up at your local strip mall (sorry) these shows populated the back-end of many carnival midways. The cooch shows are now gone and have been for many years but before
their demise, Susan did a marvelous job documenting them. Warning...
this work gives the read
Amelia Chameleon
Feb 04, 2008 Amelia Chameleon rated it it was amazing
We looked through this book at a bookstore recently, and it was really fantastic. The imagery is amazing, especially for us, since we'd never really been exposed to carnivals and circuses (the equivalent for us were circuses at hockey stadiums and carnivals put together by local churches). I'd love to go back and read all the details again, if I can get my hands on another copy.
Mar 11, 2014 Ed rated it really liked it
Shelves: strippers
Occasionally heartbreaking often brilliant photographs and text document an odd corner, since disappeared, of the commercial sex trade. Susan Meiselas is a real artist--while she describes and illustrates a tawdry world she never loses focus on the humanity of the people she chronicles, including barkers, show managers and paying customers as well as the dancers.

May 22, 2010 patty rated it really liked it
Meiselas' gritty black & white photographs and candid interviews document a small group of carnival strippers from 1972 to includes a CD featuring Meiselaa interview + sounds of the carnival talkers and a few strippers. Compelling.
Aug 12, 2012 Darren rated it really liked it
Fascinating collection of photos and interviews with people who work in a carnival stripshow, from the strippers themselves to the barkers. Beautiful black and white photography by Susan Meiselas.
Maggie Golston
This is a strange and rollicking foray into the lost darkness of the rural canival sex trade, accompanied by a recording of ambient sounds and interviews.
Dec 16, 2007 Cherie rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A (A ref book in the library--should def reread! Abt these strippers and more that are in a traveling carnival)
May 30, 2008 Randy rated it it was amazing
Compelling photo essay of a lost world.
Sep 01, 2013 Molly rated it it was amazing
this is completely fascinating.
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