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Mediations.
Photographs by Susan Meiselas. Essays by Pia Viewing, Kristen Lubben, Eduardo Cadava, Carles Guerra, Ariella Azoulay, Isin Önol, Corey Keller and Marianne Hirsch.
Damiani, with Jeu de Paume & Fundació Tàpies, Bologna, Italy, 2018. In English. 184 pp., 100 black-and-white and color illustrations, 7xx¾".

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“For me, the essence of documentary photography has always been to do with evidence.” —Susan Meiselas

Mediations presents a selection of works from the 1970s to today, revealing Susan Meiselas’s special approach to the underlying reasons for making photographs, how the image concerns its subject as much as the photographer and the role that these images can have at different levels in society and particularly in photojournalism. 

She questions the relationship between the image and the subject in such a way as to include the people portrayed in the image in the image-making process. There is nothing systematic in her approach: each work expresses in a very strong manner the notion 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 geographic and political localities that the artist explores. The way of showing the work is equally a part of the thought process. How does the spectator behold the artwork? It often comprises 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. 

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.

Susan Meiselas (born 1948) 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.

 


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