Birthdate: Baltimore, 1948
Education: Susan Meiselas received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and her MA in visual education from Harvard University. roughout her career she has won many awards for her images which have been published in international magazines as well as seen in books and exhibited on museum walls.
Aesthetic: “The camera is an excuse to be someplace you otherwise don’t belong. It gives me both a point of connection and a point of separation.”
Influences: “As I began I was most drawn to work like Danny Lyon, Larry Clark, the filmmaker Fred Wiseman, and progressively found my own way to immerse and engage with subjects in a meaningful way.”
The Bally Stage, from the series Carnival Strippers: “From 1972 to 1975, I spent my summers photographing and interviewing women who performed striptease for small town carnivals in New England, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina. As I followed the girl shows from town to town, I photographed the dancers’ public performances as well as their private lives. I also taped interviews with the dancers, their boyfriends, the show managers, and paying customers. eir voices were essential to complement my photographs.”