Susan Meiselas


Susan Meiselas, great figure of American Photojournalism, photographed and watched grow up “girls of Prince Street ” in Little Italy neighborhood. She captured daily life after school or at the beach with a primary focus on their intimate relationships. This documentary project in the streets of New York in the late 70s until the 2000 made her the secret friend of the ” Prince street girls” and the witness of that time when Little Italy was mostly for Italians. Susan Meiselas, born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1948, received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and her MA in visual education from Harvard University. Her first major photographic essay focused on the lives of women doing striptease at New England country fairs, whom she photographed during three consecutive summers while teaching photography in New York public schools. Carnival Strippers was originally published in 1976 and a selection was installed at the Whitney Museum of Art in June 2000. 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 has had one-woman exhibitions in Paris, Madrid, Amsterdam, London, Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York, and her work is included in collections around the world. She has received many awards and In 1992, she was named a MacArthur Fellow.

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