A woman with dark shoulder-length hair

Susan Meiselas, The Star Tease, Tunbridge, Vermont (1975). C-Print. 24 x 16 in.

Susan Meiselas, Carnival Strippers Color, 1972-1975

Higher Pictures Generation presents the first-ever exhibition of color photographs from Susan Meiselas’ series Carnival Strippers (1972–75).

From 1972 to 1975 Meiselas followed traveling carnivals in the Midwest and New England each summer, photographing and interviewing the women who performed striptease at the so-called "girl shows." The project has long been praised for its nuanced and honest presentation of the women both on stage and off.


Susan Meiselas

Susan Meiselas (b. 1948) received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and her MA in visual education from Harvard University. She was a 1992 MacArthur Fellow and is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (2015) and the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize (2019), among other awards. Mediations, a retrospective exhibition of Meiselas’ work, is currently traveling and was previously on view at Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona (2018); Jeu de Paume, Paris (2018); SFMOMA, San Francisco (2018); Instituto Moreira Salles, São Paulo (2020); and Kunst Haus Wien, Vienna (2021). She has been a member of the photographic collective Magnum Photos since 1976 and has been the president of the Magnum Foundation since 2007. She lives and works in New York City.