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Friday 5/06/2005

SUSAN MEISELAS

American, b.1948

The same year Susan Meiselas received her M.A. in visual education from Harvard, she started working as an assistant film editor on the Frederick Wiseman documentary, "Basic Training." In 1972-74 she ran workshops for teachers and children in New York's South Bronx. Supported by grants from the NEA and State Arts Commissions of South Carolina and Mississippi, she set up film and photography programs in rural southern schools.

Subsequent projects combining teaching ideas, oral history and photography include Learning To See (1975) and A Photographic Genealogy, developed as a consultant to Polaroid Corporation.

Meiselas became a Magnum nominee in 1976, an associate in 1977 and a full member in 1980. Her photographs have been published in the pages of Time, the New York Times, Life, Paris Match and she co-directed two films.

Her coverage of insurrection and civil war in Central America was published throughout the world and she was presented with the Robert Capa Gold Medal in 1979 for her work in Nicaragua. Later awards include the Leica Award for Excellence (1982), a MacArthur Fellowship (1992) and the Hasselblad Prize (1994).

Meiselas recently completed a six-year project on a visual history of Kurdistan and established a Web site to further that inquiry.

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