Meiselas, Susan (Photographer); Wolf, Sylvia & English, Deirdre (Contributors). CARNIVAL STRIPPERS: THE DELUXE EDITION. New York City, NY: Whitney Museum Of American Art/Steidl, 2003. Hardcover. Second Edition/First Printing. 163 pages. As New/As New. Signed.

New And Revised Edition of the photographer's classic. One of the greatest photography books of our time. Deluxe Slipcased Edition of 75 numbered and signed copies. Should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the regular trade edition as well as its Second and Third Printings. They all have the same ISBN. The Deluxe Edition is now rare. A brilliant production by Susan Meiselas and Gerhard Steidl: Oversize-volume format. Black cloth boards with metallic-silver titles embossed on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Susan Meiselas. Essays by Sylvia Wolf and Deirdre English. The latter reflects upon the historical significance of the work for both modern photography and American feminism. Original Interview Transcripts. Audio CD enclosed within its own plastic pouch and attached on the Inside Back Cover. 10 X 8 inch photographic print of "Shortie On The Bally, Barton, VT, 1974" mounted and enclosed within its own handmade black cloth folder. Meiselas meticulously mounted each print herself in the way she believes the image should be framed: "Bleed"/with no white borders around the closeup image of a stripper's crotch. Both the book and the print are enclosed in a luxurious, handmade purple cloth slipcase. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Gottingen, Germany to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with white titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Re-presents, in its Deluxe Edition format, Susan Meiselas' "Carnival Strippers". "From 1972 to 1975, Susan Meiselas spent her summers photographing and interviewing women who performed striptease for small-town carnivals in New England states, 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. Meiselas' frank description of the lives of these women brought a hidden world to public attention. Produced during the early years of the Women's Movement, 'Carnival Strippers' reflects the struggle for identity and self-esteem that characterized a complex era of change" (Publisher's blurb). In the intervening period, so much has obviously happened, some, though not all, of it for the better. But this book has lost none of its original, raw power and beauty. An absolute "must-have" title for Susan Meiselas collectors. This is a copy of the Deluxe Slipcased Edition, indicated/numbered as such on the title page, and it is very prominently and beautifully signed and dated in black ink-pen on the title page by the photographer: "Susan Meiselas 11/11/04". It is numbered, dated, and signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. It comes with an original 10 X 8 inch photographic print of "Shortie On The Bally, Barton, VT, 1974" that is mounted and enclosed in its own handmade black cloth folder. Meiselas meticulously mounted each print herself in the way she believes the image should be framed: "Bleed"/with no white borders around the closeup image of a stripper's crotch. This title is a great photography book. This is one of very few copies of the Deluxe Edition still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies of the First Edition available online command as much as $1600 even if they have major flaws. Copies of the Deluxe Edition command between $1200 and more. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. 78 black-and-white plates, 1 original print. Susan Meiselas' "Carnival Strippers" and "Nicaragua" are widely considered as two of the greatest photography books of our time. One of the greatest living photographers. A fine collectible copy. . ISBN 3882439548. $800.00

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