Susan Meiselas

South Asia Incubator - Mentor


Susan Meiselas is a documentary photographer and member of Magnum Photos since 1976. She is the author of Carnival Strippers, Nicaragua: June 1978-July 1979, Kurdistan: In the Shadow of History, Pandora’s Box, Encounters with the Dani and A Room of Their OwnShe has co-edited three collections: El Salvador: Work of 30 PhotographersChile from Within and most recently, Tar Beach. Meiselas has also co-directed three films: Living at Risk and Pictures from a Revolution with Richard P. Rogers and Alfred Guzzetti and Reframing History where she returned again to Nicaragua and placed her photographs of the popular insurrection in the landscape where they were first taken.

Meiselas is well known for her documentation of human rights issues for over a decade in Latin America. Her photographs are included in American and international collections.  In 1992 Meiselas was made a MacArthur Fellow.  In 2015, she received a Guggenheim fellowship. She has been the President of the Magnum Foundation, since it was founded in 2007.

The Magnum Foundation supports, trains, and mentors the next generation of in-depth independent documentary photographers and seeks to increase the impact of both historical and contemporary photography in the digital age.