CV

Biography

Born 1948 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
 
Lives and works in New York, USA.

Education / Teaching

1970
B.A. Sarah Lawrence College
1971
M.A. Visual Education, Harvard University, School of Education
1976
Member of Magnum Photos
1986
Honorary Doctor in Fine Arts, Parsons School of Art, New York
1991
Gahan Fellow, Harvard University, Carpenter Center
1992
Graduate Seminar Instructor, Cal Arts, Los Angeles
1996
Honorary Doctor in Fine Arts, The Art Institute of Boston
1998
Visiting Lecturer, Harvard University, Carpenter Center
1999
Globalization Fellow in Human Rights, University of Chicago
2002 – 2007
Fellow, Graduate School of Journalism, Berkley
2005 – 2012
Professor, Masters of Photographic Studies, Leiden, Netherlands
2012 – 2015
Adjunct Professor, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts
2016
Honorary Doctor in Humane Letters, Columbia University
2018
Belknap Visiting Fellow, Princeton University

Grants and Awards

2022
Dr. Erich Salomon-Preis, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie
2019
Rencontres d’Arles First Prize Women in Motion Award
 
Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize
 
Kraszna-Krausz Fellowship Award
2014
Alice Austen Award for the Advancement of Photography
2011
Harvard Arts Medal, Arts First, Harvard University
2009
Luma Historical Book Award, In History
 
Kraszna Krausz And/or Book Award, In History
2008
Lucie Documentary Award
2006
Centenary Award, Royal Photographic Society
2005
Cornell Cappa Infinity Award, International Center of Photography
1999
Nederlands Foto Instituut Grant, Photoworks-in-Progress: Constructing Identity
1994
Hasselblad Foundation Award
 
Maria Moors Cabot Prize, Columbia Journalism School
1987
Lyndhurst Foundation
1985
Engelhard Award, Institute of Contemporary Art
1982
Leica Award for Excellence
 
American Society of Media Photographers Photojournalist of the Year
1979
Robert Capa Gold Medal, Overseas Press Club

Residencies and Fellowships

2019
Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, Boston
2017
Artist-in-Residence, American Academy, Rome, Italy
 
Presidential Fellow, Department of Art and History, University of Miami
2016
SIR (Something In Residence), Interactive Telecommunications Program, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts
2015
Guggenheim Fellowship, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
1995
Rockefeller Foundation, Multi-Media Fellowship
1992
MacArthur Fellowship, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
1984
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
1974 – 1975
Artist-in-Residence, South Carolina Arts Commission and Mississippi Arts Commission; teaching photography and animation film in rural communities

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2022 – 2023
Susan Meiselas. Intimate Strangers, Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne, Germany
 
Susan Meiselas. Mediations, Kunstmuseum Magdeburg, Magdeburg, Germany
2022
Susan Meiselas. Mediations, C/O Berlin, Berlin, Germany
2021 – 2022
Susan Meiselas. Mediations, Kunsthaus Wien, Vienna, Austria
2019 – 2020
Susan Meiselas. Mediations, Instituto Moreira Salles, Sao Paulo, Brazil
2019
Susan Meiselas. Behind Closed Doors, Barbara Walters Gallery, Sarah Lawrence College, New York, USA
 
Susan Meiselas. Nicaragua 1978 – 2018, Amelie A. Wallace Gallery, SUNY College at Old Westbury, New York, USA
2018
Susan Meiselas. Mediations, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California, USA
 
Susan Meiselas. Mediations, Jeu de Paume, Paris, France
 
Susan Meiselas. Carnival Strippers, Danziger Gallery, New York, USA
2017 – 2018
Susan Meiselas. Mediations, Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona, Spain
2017
Susan Meiselas. Nicaragua, Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago, USA
 
Susan Meiselas. Prince Street Girls, Higher Pictures, New York, USA
2016
Susan Meiselas. Carrying the Past, Forward, Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, Frankfurt a.M., Germany
 
Susan Meiselas. Crossings over the U.S./Mexico Border, Galerie Hug, Paris, France
2014
Susan Meiselas. Determined Lives: Carnival Strippers & Nicaragua, Magnum Print Room, London, UK
 
Susan Meiselas. Prince Street Girls, Pelayo 47, Madrid, Spain
2013
Susan Meiselas. Prince Street Girls, Galerie Hug, Paris, France
2010
Susan Meiselas. In History: Carnival Strippers, Nicaragua & Kurdistan, Hood Museum, Dartmouth, USA
 
Susan Meiselas. Pandora’s Box, The Wapping Project, London, UK
2008
Susan Meiselas. In History: Carnival Strippers, Nicaragua & Kurdistan, International Center for Photography, New York, USA
 
Susan Meiselas. Intimate Strangers: Carnival Strippers & Pandora’s Box, Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2007
Susan Meiselas. Intimate Strangers: Carnival Strippers & Pandora’s Box, Cohen Amador Gallery, New York, USA
2006
Susan Meiselas. Reframing History, Fotografins Hus, Stockholm, Sweden
 
Susan Meiselas. Intimate Strangers: Carnival Strippers & Pandora’s Box Open Eye, Liverpool, UK
 
Susan Meiselas. Intimate Strangers: Carnival Strippers & Pandora’s Box, Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago, USA
 
Susan Meiselas. Intimate Strangers: Carnival Strippers & Pandora’s Box, Rose Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
2004
Susan Meiselas. Intimate Strangers: Carnival Strippers & Pandora’s Box Open Eye, Scout Gallery, London, UK
2003
Susan Meiselas. Intimate Strangers: Carnival Strippers & Pandora’s Box FOAM, Amsterdam, Netherlands
 
Susan Meiselas. Intimate Strangers: Carnival Strippers & Pandora’s Box Canal de Isabel II, Madrid, Spain
2000
Susan Meiselas. Carnival Strippers, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
1998
Susan Meiselas. Intimate Strangers: Carnival Strippers & Pandora’s Box, Leica Gallery, New York, USA
1994
Susan Meiselas, Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg, Sweden
1990
Susan Meiselas. Crossings: Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Borders, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA
1984
Susan Meiselas. Mediations: Nicaragua, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
1982
Susan Meiselas. Mediations: Nicaragua, Camerawork, London, UK
 
Susan Meiselas. Mediations: Nicaragua, Side Gallery, Newcastle-on-Tyne, UK
1981
Susan Meiselas. Nicaragua, FNAC Gallery, Paris, France
1977
Susan Meiselas. Carnival Strippers, AM Sachs Gallery, New York, USA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2022 – 2023
Close Enough: New Perspectives from 12 Women Photographers of Magnum, International Center of Photography, New York, USA
2020
Female Photographers at the Front, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland
2019
Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2019, The Photographers’ Gallery, London, UK
 
MSDEMEANORS, Denise Bibro Fine Art, New York, USA
 
Female Photographers at the Front, Kunstpalast, Dusseldorf, Germany
2018
Camera Austria International. Laboratory for Photography and Theory, Museum of Modern Art Salzburg Mönchsberg, Austria
 
Dream of Solentiname 80WSE, New York, USA
 
Magna Brava Ongoing, Magnum Gallery, Paris, France
 
Thessaloniki Photo Biennale 2018, Thessaoloniki Museum of Photography, Greece
 
Dream of Solentiname Museuo Jumex, Mexico City, Mexico
2017
Framing Community: Magnum Photos, 1947-Present, Hunter College Art Galleries, New York, USA
 
Bending the Frame, Preus Museum, Horten, Norway
 
Conflict and Consequence, Sheldon Museum of Art, Nebraska, USA
 
Magnum Analog Recovery, Le Bal, Paris, France
2016
History Unfolds The Swedish History Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
 
Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
2015
Collaborative Archives: Connective Histories LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York, USA
 
Being Kurdish, Hinterland Gallery, Vienna, Austria
 
Conflict, Time, Photography, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
 
Images of Conviction: The Construction of Visual Evidence, Le Bal, Paris, France
 
The Memory of Time: Contemporary Photographs at the National Gallery of Art, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., USA
 
Mobilizing Memory – Vienna, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, Austria
 
Sideshow, Yale School of Art, New Haven, USA
 
Not Yet. On the Reinvention of Documentary and Criticism of Modernism 1968- 1989, Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
2014
Conflict, Time, Photography, Tate Modern, London, UK
 
American Photography: Recent Acquisitions from The Museum of Modern Art, Paris Photo, Paris, France
 
Eyes Wide Open! 100 Years of Leica Photography, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany
 
Mobilizing Memory: Women Witnessing, DEPO, Istanbul, Turkey
 
Women in War, Daegu International Photography Biennale, South Korea
 
Postcards from America, Milwaukee Museum of Art, Wisconsin, USA
 
Backstage, Magnum Gallery, Paris, France
 
Envisioning Human, Rights Berkeley Art Museum, California, USA
 
Forensic Aesthetics, Pauza Gallery, Krakow, Poland
 
Re-Framing History, Galerie Lelong, New York, USA
2013
160 Actions To Make A Jacket, Look 3 Festival of the Photograph, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
2012
Revolution vs. Revolution, Beirut Art Center, Lebanon
2010
Anti-Periodismo, La Virreina, Barcelona, Spain
 
Engaged Observors: Documentary Photography since the 1960s, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, USA
 
Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance & the Camera, Tate Britain, London, UK
2009
Elles, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
 
Kreyol Factory, Parc de la Villette, Paris, France
2008
Darkside, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Zurich, Switzerland
 
The War of Images and the Images of War, Brighton Photo Festival, UK
 
Disposable People, The Hayward, London, UK
2007
Immigrante Madrid, Canal de Isabel II, Madrid, Spain
 
Big Picture: Provisions for the Arts of Social Change, New York, USA
2006
Kurdistan: In the Shadow of History, Gwangju Biennial, South Korea
 
Carnival Strippers and Reframing History Les Rencontres d’Arles, Arles, France
 
Post.doc?, Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, Greece
 
Beautiful Suffering, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, USA
 
New York, New York, Grimaldi Forum, Monaco
2005
After the Fact, First Festival of Photography, Berlin Mirror, Mirror, Centre Cultural de Belem, Lisbon, Portugal
2003
Strangers: The First ICP Triennial of Photography and Video, New York, USA
2002
Open City: Street Photographs since 1950, Museum of Modern Art Oxford, UK
2001
Photoworks in Progress, Nederlands Foto Instituut, Rotterdam, Netherlands
2000
Picturing the Modern Amazon, New Museum, New York, USA
 
Magnum Degrees, Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France
1998
Art in Freedom, Museum Boijmans, Rotterdam, Netherlands
1996
Facing History, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
 
Kurdistan: In the Shadow of History, Menil Collection, Houston, USA
1989
In Our Time, International Center of Photography, New York, USA
 
Los Vecinos, Museum for Photographic Arts, San Diego, USA
 
The Art of Photography, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA
1986
On the Line, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA
1984
The Nicaragua Media Project New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, USA
 
El Salvador: Work of 30 Photographers, Museum for Photographic Arts, San Diego, USA
1982
New Color Work, Fogg Museum, Cambridge, USA

Selected Public Collections

Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
 
Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
 
Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg, Sweden
 
Tate Modern, London, UK
 
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
 
Princeton University Art Museum, New Jersey, USA
 
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA
 
J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, USA
 
National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., USA
 
Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, USA
 
Fogg Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA
 
George Eastman House, Rochester, USA
 
The Jewish Museum, New York, USA
 
Library of Congress, Washington D.C., USA
 
Magnum Photos Collection at the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin, USA
 
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, USA
 
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA
 
Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
 
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, USA
 
Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, USA
 
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA
 
Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, USA
 
University of California, Riverside, USA
 
Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, USA
 
International Center of Photography, New York, USA
 
Haverford College, Haverford, USA
 
Hood Museum, Dartmouth, USA
 
Corcoran Museum, Washington D.C., USA
 
The Morgan Library and Museum, New York, USA

Consultancy and Curatorial Projects

2012 – 2013
Creative Consultant during two workshops at Zayed University, Abu Dhabi to the book Lest We Forget Emirati Family Photography 1958– 1999
2010 – 2018
Co-Curator of Coal & Ice, traveling exhibition and catalog for Asia Society, Center on US-China Relations
1997 – 2015
Consultant to Open Society Foundations Documentary Photography Project co-curator of Moving Walls exhibits focused on social justice and human rights
1975
Center for Understanding Media; New School for Social Research, NY. Training public school teachers in visual literacy approach for the classroom
1972 – 1975
Consultant, teaching photography in New York City public schools for Community Resource Institute

Selected Films

2011
A Family in History, co-directed and co-produced with Alfred Guzzetti
2009
The Windmill Movie, Executive Producer
2004
Reframing History, co-directed and co-produced with A. Guzzetti and Pedro Linger Gasiglia
1991
Pictures from a Revolution, co-directed and co-produced with A.Guzzetti and R.P. Rogers
1985
Living at Risk, co-directed and co-produced with A.Guzzetti and R. P. Rogers
 
Voyages, writing and photography

Publications

2018
Porch Portraits, Photopaper 33|34, Kassel, Germany
 
View of A Room, Here Press, London, UK
2017
A Room of Their Own, Multistory, West Bromwich, UK
 
Prince Street Girls TBW Subscription Series, TBW Books, Oakland, USA
2016
My Life for Love / Nicaraguita, Steidl/ifa, Göttingen, Germany
2013
Prince Street Girls, Yellow Magic Books, Paris, France
2003
Encounters with the Dani, Steidl/ICP, Göttingen, Germany
2001
Pandora's Box, Trebruk/Magnum Editions, New York, USA
1997
Kurdistan: In the Shadow of History, Random House, New York, USA
1981
Nicaragua, June 1978-July 1979, Pantheon, Munich, Germany
1976
Carnival Strippers, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, New York, USA
2003
Carnival Strippers, Revision, Steidl, Göttingen, Germany / Whitney, New York, USA
2008
Nicaragua, June 1978-July 1979, Aperture, New York, Germany
 
Kurdistan: In the Shadow of History, Reprint, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, USA