American photographer Elizabeth Waterman’s work is driven by a restless hunger to explore life on the margin of society – life, often played out in the dark, in places where a photographer would typically be viewed as unwelcome intrusion. Her interest is not in the sometimes exotic and sensational nature per se, but stems from a more holistic notion that society is defined as much by its margins as by the centre. Ultimately, her photos are always informed by humanist interest in portraying people – whatever the circumstances in which they live their lives.
Moneygame explores the world of strip clubs. For four years Elizabeth Waterman spent most of her Saturday nights in strip clubs, photographing and building a rapport with the dancers who make their livelihoods there capturing the girls climbing the pole, giving lap dances in the VIP section, putting on glittery outfits, and counting their dollars at the end of a long night. It is a considerable achievement that notwithstanding – in fact, despite the locations Elizabeth Waterman avoids sexualised clichés. Her images always capture individual women, who for whatever reason earn a living in the clubs.
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