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Susan Meiselas

American, b. 1948

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Susan Meiselas

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American, b. 1948

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Biography

Lauded documentary photographer Susan Meiselas has been working at the nexus of history, politics, ethnography, art, and storytelling throughout her prolific career, producing multi-layered photographic narratives about individuals and societies across the U.S. and the world. Sensitive to both the potential and limitations of images, the 1992 MacArthur Fellow approaches her projects aware of their inevitable impartiality and incompleteness, supplementing her own photographs with texts, interviews, archival images, and other forms of documentation. “My projects are authored but I’d like to think they are not authoritative,” she says. Among Meiselas’s best-known works are Carnival Strippers (1972-75), an unflinching, tender look at carnival striptease performers; Nicaragua (1978-79), bold coverage of the Nicaraguan insurrection; and Kurdistan: In the Shadow of History (1992-98), a book, website, and exhibition forming an archive of Kurdish history.

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Solo show at a major institution
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), and 2 more
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Group show at a major institution
MoMA PS1, and 5 more
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Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Included in a major biennial
Gwangju Biennale, and 1 more
Biography

Lauded documentary photographer Susan Meiselas has been working at the nexus of history, politics, ethnography, art, and storytelling throughout her prolific career, producing multi-layered photographic narratives about individuals and societies across the U.S. and the world. Sensitive to both the potential and limitations of images, the 1992 MacArthur Fellow approaches her projects aware of their inevitable impartiality and incompleteness, supplementing her own photographs with texts, interviews, archival images, and other forms of documentation. “My projects are authored but I’d like to think they are not authoritative,” she says. Among Meiselas’s best-known works are Carnival Strippers (1972-75), an unflinching, tender look at carnival striptease performers; Nicaragua (1978-79), bold coverage of the Nicaraguan insurrection; and Kurdistan: In the Shadow of History (1992-98), a book, website, and exhibition forming an archive of Kurdish history.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), and 2 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
MoMA PS1, and 5 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
frieze
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Gwangju Biennale, and 1 more
Shows Featuring Susan Meiselas
Articles Featuring Susan Meiselas
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Mar 21st, 2019
The ’70s
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Oct 5th, 2018
10 Iconic Photographers Who Immortalized the City Streets
A History of Magnum Photos in Ten Photographers
Jan 21st, 2014
A History of Magnum Photos in Ten Photographers
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