Susan Meiselas

(born 1948)
Susan Meiselas Soldiers Searching Bus Passengers, Northern Highway, El Salvador 1980 © Susan Meiselas / Magnum Photos

Biography

Susan Meiselas holds an M.A. in visual education from Harvard and her early career involved filmmaking and educational projects with underprivileged children form the Bronx, New York and the rural south of the United States. In 1980 she became a full member of the Magnum co-operative. She has published pictures in Time magazine, Paris Match, Life and the New York Times. Her coverage of civil war in Central America has won her a number of prestigious awards. Most recently she has been researching the visual history of Kurdistan and created a website to which images are constantly being added.

Glossary terms

  • Magnum is a photographic co-operative founded in 1947 that is perhaps the world’s best known picture agency, renowned for its documentary photography. Many important photographers have been members including Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Eve Arnold and Susan Meiselas.