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Virtual: Susan Meiselas: Through a Woman’s Lens

Herzfeld Center for Photography and Media Arts

American photographer Susan Meiselas (b. 1948) seeks to bear witness to stories that might otherwise go unnoticed. She has traveled from rural county fairs to conflict-ridden Central America, working closely and over long periods with her subjects, focusing her lens on what she thinks the public needs to see. A member of the international photographic cooperative Magnum Photos since 1976, Meiselas creates photographs that raise provocative questions about the documentary practice and the relationship between photographer and subject.

Susan Meiselas: Through a Woman’s Lens presents never-before-shown photographs alongside iconic series that reflect the artist’s ongoing commitment to sharing the stories of women.

Presented in collaboration with the Feminist Art Coalition

Virtual Tour

Experience the exhibition virtually, through a 360-degree, interactive tour. Exclusive to the virtual format is the opportunity to hear from the artist, the people she photographed, and her collaborators; to examine additional publications and ephemera; and to watch historical films and interviews that provide added context to Meiselas’s work. Enjoy this unique multimedia exploration into four decades of work by the photographer. Please note this exhibition includes adult content; parental discretion is advised.

Room with art from Susan Meiselas
View this video for a brief introduction to the virtual tour by Lisa Sutcliffe, Herzfeld Curator of Photography and Media Arts. Within the tour, click on the colored dots below the photographs to see and hear more about the work.

Upcoming Virtual Events

Virtual Panel Discussion:
Collaboration: A Potential History of Photography

Thursday, January 28, 6:00 p.m. CT

Join us for a conversation on the role of collaboration in feminist practice within photography with artists Susan Meiselas and Wendy Ewald; Ariella Azoulay, Professor of Modern Culture & Media and Comparative Literature, Brown University; Leigh Raiford, Associate Professor of African American Studies, University of California at Berkeley; and Laura Wexler, Professor of American Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Yale University.
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Virtual Panel Discussion:
Photography and Awareness: Sharing Survivors’ Stories

Thursday, February 18, 6:00 p.m. CT

Examine the role of personal narrative and photography in domestic violence awareness campaigns past and present in a conversation that includes the perspectives of survivors, artists, lawyers, and advocates. Presented in partnership with Sojourner Family Peace Center and Lotus Legal.
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Past Events

Member Preview Conversation:
Susan Meiselas: Through a Woman’s Lens

Exhibitions in the Herzfeld Center for Photography and Media Arts sponsored by: Herzfeld Foundation
This exhibition was made possible through the generosity of: Northern Trust
Contributing Sponsor: David C. & Sarajean Ruttenberg Arts Foundation
  • Susan Meiselas, Tentful of marks, Turnbridge, Vermont, 1974. Gelatin silver print. 7¾ x 11½ in. Courtesy the artist. © Susan Meiselas/Magnum Photos
  • Susan Meiselas, Roseann on the way to Manhattan Beach, New York, 1978, from the series Prince Street Girls, 1975–92. Courtesy the artist. © Susan Meiselas/Magnum Photos
  • Susan Meiselas, College Sorority, Madison, Wisconsin, 1978. Gelatin silver print. 8 x 10 in. Courtesy the artist. © Susan Meiselas/Magnum Photos
  • Susan Meiselas, Women delegates at the Democratic National Convention, Madison Square Garden, New York City, 1976; printed 2020. Gelatin silver print. 8 x 10 in. Courtesy the artist. © Susan Meiselas/Magnum Photos