Susan Meiselas has been a member of Magnum Photos since 1976. The recipient of numerous awards, including the Robert Capa Gold Medal (1979), the Leica Award for Excellence (1982) and the Cornell Capa Infinity Award (2005), she was also named a MacArthur Fellow in 1992.
Meiselas first rose to prominence with the publication of Carnival Strippers (1976), a photographic essay that focused on women in New England who made their livelihoods through striptease. Meiselas gained international recognition for her documentation of the insurrection in Nicaragua, and her coverage of the political unrest in Central and Latin America has been published widely throughout the world.
LensCulture was honored that Meiselas agreed to be a member of the jury for the Magnum Photography Awards 2017. We spoke with her about the distinctive “outsider” status that many photojournalists struggle with, the way our relationships to photographs change over time, and much more— Continue reading.