Susan Meiselas


Susan Meiselas, great figure of American photojournalism, photographed and  watched the “girls of Prince Street ”  grow up in  the Little Italy neighborhood. She captured  their 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 which took place from the late  70s until the 2000, made her the secret friend of the ” Prince Street girls” and the witness  to that period  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 womenwhom she photographed during  three consecutive summers while teaching photography in New York public schools,  doing striptease at New England country fairs . Carnival Strippers was originally published in 1976 and a selection was shown 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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