Susan Meiselas


Photo/Foto: Lorie Novak

Re-framing History

Susan Meiselas’ photographs of the insurrection against Somoza’s National Guard were published around the world and collected in a book. Ten years later, she returned to Nicaragua to track down the people, guerillas, Somocistas, and bystanders pictured in her original photographs which later became the film Pictures from a Revolution.  Excerpts from the film are shown in conjunction with the original photographs for this exhibition.  Re-Framing History extends the cycle that began with an historical event that deeply affected those close to it and continued to be of importance to them long after it ceased to be a focus of world attention.


Susan Meiselas is a documentary photographer and member of Magnum Photos since 1976. She is the author of Carnival Strippers, NicaraguaEl Salvador: The Work of 30 PhotographersChile from Within, Kurdistan: In the Shadow of History, Pandora’s Box and Encounters with the Dani.

Her awards include the Robert Capa Gold Medal, Leica Award for Excellence, Maria Moors Cabot Prize, the Hasselblad Foundation Prize and most recently, the Cornell Capa Infinity Award. In 1992 she was made a MacArthur Fellow.  Her photographs are included in American and international collections.

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