ARTISTS Susan Meiselas

Pandora’s Box, Mistress Brigitte, 1995
C-type print
40 x 60"
Edition of 15
Pandora’s Box, Client Lounge, 1995
C-type print
27 x 40"
Edition of 15
Pandora’s Box, Security TV I, 1995
C-type print
40 x 60"
Edition of 15
Pandora’s Box, Mistress Astrid, 1995
C-type print
40 x 60"
Edition of 15

Meiselas joined Magnum Photos in 1976 and has worked as a freelance photographer since then. She is best known for her coverage of the insurrection in Nicaragua and her documentation of human rights issues in Latin America. She published her second monograph, Nicaragua, in 1981. Meiselas served as an editor and contributor to the book El Salvador: The Work of Thirty Photographers and edited Chile from Within featuring work by photographers living under the Pinochet regime. She has co-directed two films, Living at Risk: The Story of a Nicaraguan Family andPictures from a Revolution with Richard P. Rogers and Alfred Guzzetti. In 1997, she completed a six-year project curating a hundred-year photographic history of Kurdistan, integrating her own work into the book Kurdistan: In the Shadow of History and developed akaKurdistan, an online site of exchange for collective memory in 1998.

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Wapping’s best shots, August 2010, Glass Magazine – Catherine Mc Cormack
Art Project, August 2010, WGSN City by City London
20 Bad Girls of Photography, September 2010, Professional photographer
Pandora’s Box, London, June 2010, Evening Standard
Pandora’s Box at the Wapping Project Bankside, May 2010, Limite Magazine
Photographer Susan Meiselas’s best shot, April 2009, The Guardian – Leo Benedictus
Susan Meiselas :”Reflections on Susan Meiselas’s ‘In History’”, 2009, American suburb X – Miriam Grotte
Photographer Susan Meiselas: “why am I making this picture”, December 2008, The Guardian – Liz Jobey.
Lives in a danger zone, Captured and Revisited, September 2008, The New York Times – Ken Johnson
Susan Meiselas: Photographs from the edge, August 2007, The New York Times – Caroline Brothers
Extending the frame: “An Interview with Susan Meiselas”, 2006, American Suburb X – Joanna Heatwole


Born in 1948, Baltimore, Maryland


B.A. Sarah Lawrence College, 1970
Ed.M. Harvard University, School of Education, 1971
Honorary Doctor in Fine Arts, Parsons School of Art, 1986
Honorary Doctor in Fine Arts, The Art Institute of Boston, 1996

Solo Exhibitions

The Wapping Project, London, 2010
International Center for Photography, New York, 2008
Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, Canada, 2008
Cohen Amador Gallery, New York, 2007
Fotografins Hus, Stockholm, 2006
Open Eye, Liverpool, 2006
Scout Gallery, London, 2004
Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago, 2004
Rose Gallery, Los Angeles, 2004
FOAM, Amsterdam, 2003
Canal de Isabel II, Madrid, 2002
Whitney Museum of American Art, 2000
Leica Gallery, New York, 1998
Hasselblad Center, Goteborg, Sweden, 1994
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, 1990
Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany, 1984
Camerawork, London, England, 1982
Side Gallery, Newcastle-on-Tyne, England, 1982
FNAC Gallery, Paris, France, 1981
AM Sachs Gallery, New York, 1977

Group Exhibitions

“Engaged Observers” The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 2010
“Surveillance”, Tate Modern, London, 2010
“Multivocal Histories”, Noorderlicht Photofestival, Groningen, 2009
“Elles”, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2009
“Kreyol Factory”, Parc de la Villette, Paris, 2009
“Darkside”, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Zurich, 2008
“The War of Images & the Images of War”, Brighton Photo Festival, 2008
“Disposable People”, The Hayward, London, 2008
“Immigrante Madrid”, Canal de Isabel II, Spain, 2007
“Big Picture: Provisions for the Arts of Social Change”, New York, 2007
“Gwangju Biennial”, South Korea, 2006
“Les Rencontres d’Arles”, Arles, France, 2006
“Post.doc?”, Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, Greece, 2006
“Beautiful Suffering”, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Ma.
“New York, New York”, Grimaldi Forum, Monaco, 2006
“After the Fact”, First Festival of Photography, Berlin, 2005
“Mirror, Mirror”, Centre Cultural de Belem, Lisbon, 2005
“Strangers: The First ICP Triennial of Photography and Video”, New York, 2003
“Open City: Street Photographs since 1950”, MOMA Oxford, 2002
“Photoworks in Progress”, Nederlands Foto Instituut, Rotterdam, 2001
“Picturing the Modern Amazon”, New Museum, New York, 2000
“Magnum Degrees”, Biblioteque Nacional, Paris, 2000
“Art in Freedom”, Museum Boijmans, Rotterdam, 1998;
“Facing History”, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, 1996;
“Kurdistan: In the Shadow of History”, Menil Collection, Houston, 1996
“In Our Time”, International Center of Photography, New York, 1989;
“Los Vecinos”, Museum for Photographic Arts, San Diego, Ca. 1989;
“The Art of Photography”, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, 1989;
“On the Line”, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1986
“El Salvador”, Museum for Photographic Arts, San Diego, Ca. 1984
“New Color Work”, Fogg Museum, Harvard Univ, Cambridge, Ma. 1982

Selected Catalogues

J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Library of Congress, Washington DC
Hasselblad Center, Sweden
Centre Pompidou, Paris
Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, SF, Ca.
The Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois
St. Louis Museum of Art, Missouri
Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, Ca.
George Eastman House, Rochester, New York
Fogg Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Ma.
University of California, Riverside, Ca.
Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland
Haverford College, Pennsylvania
International Center of Photography, NYC


Freelance photographer, member of Magnum Photos, New York, 1976 – present
Faculty, Center for Understanding Media; New School for Social Research, NY, 1975
Artist-in-Residence, South Carolina Arts Commission & Mississippi Arts Commission; teaching photography and animation film in rural communities, 1974-75
Photographic Consultant, Community Resources Institute; developing curriculum using visual materials for teachers in New York City public schools, 1972-74


Luma Historical Book Award, 2009
Krazna Kraus And/or Book Award, 2009
Lucie Documentary Award, 2008
Centenary Award, Royal Photographic Society, 2006
Cornell Capa Infinity Award, ICP, 2005
Rockefeller Foundation, Multi-Media Fellowship, 1995
Hasselblad Foundation Prize, 1994
Maria Moors Cabot Prize, Columbia Journalism School, 1994
Missouri Honor Medal, Missouri School of Journalism, 1994
MacArthur Fellowship, 1992
Lyndhurst Foundation, 1987
Engelhard Award, Institute of Contemporary Art, 1985
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, 1984
Photojournalist of the Year, ASMP, 1982
Leica Award of Excellence, 1982
Robert Capa Gold Medal, Overseas Press Club, 1979