Copyright: Susan Meiselas/Magnum Photos
USA Essex Junction, Vermont, 1973. Returning backstage
Between 1972 and 1975, Susan Meiselas compiled an intimate photo report on showgirls and the sordid environment in which they work.
Discreetly taken without flash or tripod, these are images that portray the reality without judging it. The exhibition focuses on the girls both on stage and off it, but a lascivious male audience is never too far away. Any questions that come to mind when focusing on the images are answered through a series of audio interviews with the girls and the men that surround them, including managers and boyfriends. This combination of audio and photographic documentation is a feature of much of Susan Meiselas' work. She tries to convey a complex portrait of a world many frown upon but few know anything about.