Prince Street Girls (signed)
Edition : First / Paris / Self Published / 2013 / Softcover. / Near Fine
Small 4to, Unpaginated (ca 24pp). Printed wraps. Numerous Black & White plates. One of 200 hand made copies. Inscribed “to ****, Susan Meiselas, Paris 11/14/31”.
In 1975 I was riding a bicycle through my neighborhood in Little Italy when suddenly a blast of light flashed into my eyes, blinding me for a moment. Its source was a group of girls fooling around with a mirror trying to reflect the sun on my face. That was the day I met the Prince Street Girls, the name I gave the group that hung out on the nearby corner almost every day. The girls were from small Italian-American families and they were almost all related. I was the stranger who didn’t belong. Little Italy was mostly for Italians then. The project Prince Street Girls began as a series of incidental encounters. They’d see me coming and call out, ‘Take a picture! Take a picture!’. At the beginning I was making pictures just to share with them. If we met in the market or at the pizza parlor, they would reluctantly introduce me to their parents but I was never invited into any of their homes. I was their secret friend, and my loft became a kind of hideaway when they dared to cross the street, which their parents had forbidden.’