Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Susan Meiselas - Pandora's Box

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Susan Meiselas series Pandora's Box is currently being exhibited at Cohen Amador and the opening is tonight - Wednesday July 25, 6-8 PM. Taken from her 2001 book of the same title, the series explores an upscale NYC S&M club. Created in conjunction with Nick Broomfield's documentary Fetishes, Meiselas' work explores the dark rituals and fantasies of the self-professed "Disneyland of S&M." Exposing the complex relationship between the dominatrix and masochist, the work not only reveals this secret world but also slowly entices us as voyeurs into the complex rituals of objectification and domination.
From her seminal work in Central America to her incredible work in Kurdistan, Meiselas is one of the most influential and important documentary photographers working today. As a graduate student, I had the great fortune to work for her and still treasure my time in the Magnum archive pouring over her contact sheets for Carnival Strippers. The show is definitely not to be missed and if you get a chance take a look at the incredible book.
     © Susan Meiselas/Magnum Photos, All Rights Reserved

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