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Susan Meiselas USA. Tunbridge, Vermont. 1974. Tentful of marks. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos
Susan Meiselas USA. Essex Junction, Vermont. 1973. Lena on the Bally Box. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos
Susan Meiselas USA. Tunbridge, Vermont. 1974. Before the show. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos
Susan Meiselas USA. Barton, Vermont. 1974. Shortie on the Bally. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos
Susan Meiselas USA. Tunbridge, Vermont. 1975. The Star. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos
Susan Meiselas USA. New York City. 1995. Pandora's Box, Client lounge. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos
Susan Meiselas USA. New York City. 1995. Pandora's Box, Mistress Rose eavesdropping. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos

The exhibition Intimate Stranger juxtaposes two powerful bodies of work by award-winning documentary photographer Susan Meiselas.

Produced between 1972 and 1995, the two collections Carnival Strippers and Pandora’s Box present powerful photographs of Meiselas’ journey from small town carnivals strip shows in New England to a New York high-class sex club that specializes in sadomasochism.

Demonstrating Meiselas’ engagement since the early years of the women’s movement, the exhibition highlights assumptions about social and gender roles, fantasy and power, pornography and self-expression. Through the unique gaze of the photographer, Intimate Stanger gives the visitor the opportunity to apprehend a world where women work and make choices, but also form and project their own identities.

Susan Meiselas joined Magnum Photos in 1976 and has worked as a freelance photographer since then, covering many subjects and countries with a unique personal approach.