Susan Meiselas: On the Frontline
Monday November 6: 7:00PM – 8:00PM
Susan Meiselas is one of the most influential photographers of our time, reaching international acclaim for her coverage of the Nicaraguan Revolution in 1979. She’s captured the sights of countries and cultures around the world and this new book is a masterpiece of documentary storytelling. In it she tells of her process and her career over the years.
Join us in the Rare Book Room as she shares her personal history in the world of photography with writer, actor, and photographer Gideon Jacobs.
Susan Meiselas received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and her MA in visual education from Harvard University. Meiselas joined Magnum Photos in 1976 and has worked as a freelance photographer since then. She is best known for her coverage of the insurrection in Nicaragua and her documentation of human rights issues in Latin America. She has co-directed two films, Living at Risk: The Story of a Nicaraguan Family and Pictures from a Revolution with Richard P. Rogers and Alfred Guzzetti. Meiselas has had one-woman exhibitions in Paris, Madrid, Amsterdam, London, Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York, and her work is included in collections around the world. She has received the Robert Capa Gold Medal for her work in Nicaragua (1979); the Leica Award for Excellence (1982); the Engelhard Award from the Institute of Contemporary Art (1985); the Hasselblad Foundation Photography prize (1994); the Cornell Capa Infinity Award (2005) and most recently was awarded the Harvard Arts Medal (2011). In 1992, she was named a MacArthur Fellow.
Gideon Jacobs grew up as a professional actor in New York City, but turned his attention to writing and photography as an adult. After a brief stint in the music industry, he spent 2011-2015 at Magnum Photos, where he was eventually named the Creative Director of the cooperative's New York office. He left that position to focus on his writing, and now contributes to The New Yorker, BOMB, VICE, The Paris Review, Buzzfeed and others. When not writing, he executes projects that explore the emotional idiosyncrasies of our digital lives: He once went on a month-long "fake road trip" taken entirely on Instagram, and most recently, created a 24hr confession hotline that was exhibited at Deli Gallery in summer of 2017.