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Susan Meiselas’ journey from the dressing room to the danger zone

Susan Meiselas’ journey from the dressing room to the danger zone
Matagalpa, Nicaragua. Muchachos await the counterattack by the National Guard, 1981
(Photo: Susan Meiselas)

“Mediations,” the works of Susan Meiselas, is on view at Jeu de Paume in Paris until May 20, 2018. This unique presentation in Paris will show her tireless career with lights and lenses, photographing dressing room secrets to danger zones.

Susan Meiselas’ journey in photography has seen layers of success and has given her a magnificent experience of a career. She has spent no less than five fearless decades capturing history in the making at the frontline of changing politics, where she has been photographing revolutionaries. Her repertoire as also includes glimpses of teenagers and risque carnival dancers.

“In all my work, I form a relationship with the people,” says Meiselas, born in Baltimore in 1948. After she finished school, she attended Sarah Lawrence College and then pursued study in Harvard. She took interest in photography and became curious about it since her childhood after her father gifted Meiselas his army camera.

Her breakthrough a series was titled “Carnival Strippers.” She says, “I don’t think a man would have gotten entry to the inner sanctum of the dressing room in the same way.” She has shot some of the most significant moments of history, including one that shows a visual evocation of people without a homeland in her Kurdistan series. This was titled “In the Shadow of History,” which began in 1997, although her best-known series still is on Nicaragua. To photograph the ground realities of the situation for the American press, she first went to Nicaragua in 1979 and since then, she had returned there several times.

Interestingly, she made a documentary in the early 1990s where she had tracked down many of those people that she had once captured in her original Nicaragua photographs. The brilliant and prodigal photographer sums up, “I do speak from a different perspective,” says Meiselas. “I do have a different approach,” as reported by The Guardian.