Pandora's Box. Photographs by Susan Meiselas. Text by Mistress Raven, Richard August, Mistress Delilah. Trebruk, London in association with Magnum Editions, 2002. 92 pp. Large quarto. 8x12 in. Numbered edition of 1650 copies. SIGNED on internal page. Hardbound with photo-illustrated boards. No dust jacket as issued. 63 color reproductions, with bound-in latex pages.
"According to Greek myth, Pandora was given a box by Zeus and instructed never to open it. She could not restrain her curiosity, however, and did just that, releasing into the world all of the sufferings and miseries that beset humanity to this day. Pandora’s Box is a commercial S&M establishment in NYC, where, for $185/hour clients can enact their fantasies, thus opening the lid to a box of conscious and unconscious desires. For the past 3 years, Magnum photographer Meiselas has been a quiet observer to the fetishized scenarios played out behind these closed doors. Through color photographs, interviews with the co-owners, transcripts of client letters, and an array of 'fetish' materials bound into the book, she offers a fascinating non-judgmental glimpse into this secluded world."--the publisher