"From 1972 to 1975, 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."
Not looking at all dated though it was first published in 1976, its a reminder to us all in these have-passport-and-satphone-will-travel days that sometimes the best stories are the ones right next door. Lucky for us the work is now being republished - you can get it, complete with a CD of audio interviews, from Amazon.
"If successful, the journey of the manned capsule would mark a great step for China in its goal to become a major space explorer for both military and civilian purposes. The space program also underscores China's desire to become recognized as an emerging great power. Chinese scientists have vowed recently that the country would send a rocket to the moon, establish a space station, ring the globe with high-precision satellites and explore the possibility of extracting the moon's mineral wealth, particularly helium-3, a potential energy source."
I spent a very contentious last week at work with some non-visually literate editors unable to grasp the meaning of photographs shot for a "fantasy" holiday party story they commissioned. The photos, taken by Josef Astor, beautifully track and interpret the writer's notes from a meeting of the party planners, right down to the "Dr. Seuss" tunnel through which party guests are to arrive.
So what's the problem? Its the missing link; the thing that makes it possible for one group of people - artists - to take and make ideas real by breathing life and form into them. These guys don't have that. As anyone involved in the creative life knows, too often those charged (or self-appointed) with being the gate keepers - editors - have never been creators - artists - and don't speak or understand the language. What we have here is failure to communicate. Let's see if we fair any better this week.
I spent the better part of last week, including the weekend, working on a photo shoot for the Post Magazine's Holiday Issue. One thing that helped make it positive, despite the chaos, was the great work of photographer Josef Astor and his crew. They were amazing reconstructing the Dr. Seuss Fantasy Party that never was.
Being out of the office also gave me a chance to get more familiar with textamerica, where I have a moblog for my Sanyo 8100 (on the Sprint network). I have been using a Sidekick for about a year now, but I really, really like how easy the 8100 is; open it, press the camera button twice, and your in picture-taking mode. No external camera to pull out or lose. On this occasion, it was a great way to update my editors back in the office!