Susan MEISELAS, Marta Gili (foreword), Carles Guerra (forword, text), Ariella Azoulay (text), Eduardo Cadava (text), Marianne Hirsch (text), Kristen Lubben (text), Isin Önol (text), Pia Viewing (text)


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"For me, the essence of documentary photography has always been to do with evidence.” (g Susan MEISELAS)

"This exhaustive monograph of Susan MEISELAS will be released in occasion of the retrospective that will take place at Tàpies Foundation in Barcelone, Jeu de Paume in Paris and SFMOMA in San Francisco. This exhibition and monograph propose a selection of works from the 1970s to today which reveal the particular approach of Susan MEISELAS toward to the underlying reasons for making photographs, how the image concerns it’s subject as much as the photographer and the role that these images can have at different levels in society and particularly in photojournalism.

MEISELAS questions the relationship between the image and the subject in such a way as to include the people portrayed in the image in the process of the making. There is nothing systematic in her approach: each work expresses in a very strong manner that context is vital to the understanding of photography. Therefore her work is specific to the persons portrayed, to the notion of community to which they belong and to the locality of the geographic and political territories that the artist addresses. The way of the showing the work is equally a part of the thought process.
How does the spectator behold the artwork? It is often comprised of many parts, made in different media: each 'layer' is used to document a level of meaning. For MEISELAS one should be able to grasp why the image was taken. Both the subject of the image and the context in which the images are shown are taken into account in the elaboration of each project." (publisher's text, © Damiani, 2018)

"A member of MAGNUM Photos since 1976, Susan MEISELAS became known for her work in the conflict zones of Central America in the 1970s and '80s and for the strength of her color photography.
Covering many subjects and countries, from war to human-rights issues and from cultural identity to the sex industry, MEISELAS uses photography, film, video and sometimes archive material, as she relentlessly explores and develops narratives integrating the participation of her subjects in her works. MEISELAS constantly questions the photographic process and her role as witness.

Presenting a selection of works from the 1970s through the present day, 'Susan MEISELAS: Mediations' retraces her trajectory from the 1970s to the present.
Published to accompany a major traveling retrospective of the photographer’s work, it features an illustrious list of contributors that includes Ariella AZOULAY, Eduardo CADAVA and Kristin LUBBEN, among others." (publisher's note, © Damiani, 2018)

About the photographer, Susan MEISELAS (b. 1948):
Susan MEISELAS studied at Sarah Lawrence College and Harvard University, taking up photography in the early 1970s.
She is credited with being one of the first to work with color in documentary photography, a controversial decision when she was shooting the conflict in Nicaragua in the late 1970s.
MEISELAS joined MAGNUM Photos in 1976 and has worked as a freelance photographer since then.

"Für mich ist die Essenz der Dokumentarfotografie immer mit Beweisen verbunden." (frei übersetzt, © Susan MEISELAS)

„Mitglied von Magnum Photos seit 1976 ,wurde Susan MEISELAS für ihre Arbeit in den Konfliktzonen in Mittelamerika in den 1970er und 80er Jahren und für die Stärke ihrer Farbphotographie bekannt.
In vielen Themen und Ländern, vom Krieg bis zu Menschenrechten und von der kulturellen Identität bis zur Sexindustrie, verwendet MEISELAS Fotografie, Film, Video und manchmal Archivmaterial, indem sie Erzählungen unermüdlich erforscht und entwickelt und die Partizipation ihrer Themen in ihren Arbeiten integriert.
MEISELAS hinterfragt ständig den fotografischen Prozess und ihre Rolle als Zeugin.

Das Fotobuch 'Susan MEISELAS: Mediations' präsentiert eine Auswahl von Arbeiten aus den 1970er Jahren bis heute und zeichnet ihren Werdegang seit den 70er Jahren bis heute nach.
'Mediations' erscheint anlässlich der großen Retrospektive-Schauen ihres fotografischen Werks in Barcelona, Paris und San Francisco und enthält viele Textbeiträge, ua.a. der AutorInnen Ariella Azoulay, Eduardo Cadava und Kristin Lubben." (freie Übersetzung des Verlagstextes, © Damiani, 2018)

Über die Fotografin Susan MEISELAS (*1948):
Susan MEISELAS studierte am Sarah Lawrence College und an der Harvard University und begann in den frühen 1970er Jahren mit der Fotografie.
Sie gilt als eine der ersten, die mit Farbe in der Dokumentarfotografie arbeitete, eine umstrittene Entscheidung, als sie Ende der 1970er Jahre den Konflikt in Nicaragua drehte.
MEISELAS kam 1976 zu MAGNUM Photos und arbeitet seitdem als freiberuflicher Fotograf.