Susan Meiselas



Photos By Kelly McKinnell

Susan's career has spanned over two decades. She has been a member of Magnum Photos, New York, since 1976. She is a woman who has gone to places and been in situations were many others, men and women, have dared not go. Susan has incredible courage, strength and convictions to make the images she does.

Other than working as a photojournalist and social documentarian using still photography, she has coproduced and directed two films, and written, photographed and produced a third. Susan's eloquently written articles appear in a long list of prestigious books, journals, and papers. She has acquired several degrees, created educational curriculum using visual materials for the New York City public schools, worked as an artist in residence for the South Carolina and Mississippi Arts commissions, shown in solo and group exhibitions, and has works hanging in museums and private collections around the world.

As if this weren't enough, Susan has edited three books; Learn To See; Chile: From Within; El Salvador, and written three others; Carnival Strippers, Nicaragua, and most recently, Kurdistan: In the Shadow of History.

The list of awards is impressive as well, but it was the MacArthur Fellowship she received in 1992, which enabled her to compile the images and extensive histories in the book Kurdistan. It is a rare achievement; one reviewer pointed out, that no one has made better use of their MacArthur award than Susan Meiselas



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