Susan Meiselas (b.1948) is an American documentary photographer and has been a member of Magnum Photos since 1976.
“Best known for her work covering the political upheavals in Central America in the 1970s and ’80s, Meiselas’s process has evolved in radical and challenging ways as she has grappled with pivotal questions about her relationship to her subjects, the use and circulation of her images in the media, and the relationship of images to history and memory. Her insistent engagement with these concerns has positioned her as a leading voice in the debate on contemporary documentary practice.” – International Center of Photography.
Her coverage of the conflict in Nicaragua earned her a medal for outstanding reportage from the Overseas Press Club in 1979. In 1982 she was named Photojournalist of the Year by the Association of Magazine Photographers and received the Leica Award for Excellence. She received the Engelhard Award from the Institute of Contemporary Art (1985); the Hasselblad Foundation Photography prize (1994); the Cornell Capa Infinity Award (2005) and was awarded the Harvard Arts Medal (2011). In 1992, she was named a MacArthur Fellow. 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 is the author of Carnival Strippers, Nicaragua: 1978-79, Kurdistan: In the Shadow of History, Pandora’s Box, Encounters with the Dani, and In History.