SUSAN MEISELAS studied at Sarah Lawrence College and received an M.A. in Visual Education at Harvard. She became best known for her coverage of the insurrection in Nicaragua and her documentation of human rights issues in Latin America, publishing Nicaragua: June 1978–July 1979 (1978, reprinted 2008), editing and contributing to El Salvador: The Work Of Thirty Photographers (1983), and editing Chile from Within (1991), featuring work by photographers living under the Pinochet regime. She co-directed two films with Richard P. Rogers and Alfred Guzzetti: Living at Risk: The Story of a Nicaraguan Family (1986) and Pictures from a Revolution (1991). Other books include Carnival Strippers (1976), Kurdistan: In the Shadow of History (1997, reprinted 2008), Pandora's Box (2001), and Encounters With the Dani (2003), and In History (2008) which gathers a number of unpublished projects from three decades, along with a series of critical essays about her work. Meiselas has had numerous one-woman exhibitions in Europe and the United States, and has received many awards, including the Robert Capa Gold Medal for “outstanding courage and reporting” by the Overseas Press Club for her work in Nicaragua. She is a MacArthur Fellow. Her photographs are in many American and European museum collections.
Meiselas continues to partner with organizations such as Human Rights Watch for whom she recently published a multimedia essay on Maternal Mortality in India. Her exhibition In History will be installed in the Hood Museum at Dartmouth College April 2010.
Aperture: On Location With: Annie Leibovitz, Lorna Simpson, Susan Meiselas, Cindy Sherman, et al.
Human Documents: Eight Photographers (Peabody Museum)
Kurds: Through the Photographer's Lens
Magna Brava: Magnum's Women Photographers
Strangers: The First ICP Triennial of Photography and Video