Susan Meiselas spent her summers photographing and interviewing women who performed striptease for small town 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 interviews with the dancers, their boyfriends, the show managers, and paying customers. 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.
Video teaser for London’s Hurly Burly Show, starring Polly Rae. I’m pretty sure there was a sequined nun in there somewhere, but I can’t be sure… on account of having my mind blown by bedazzled legwarmers around the 01:30 mark.