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Talk & Book Signing

Susan Meiselas in Conversation with Gideon Jacobs at Strand Books

Monday, November 6

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Strand 828 Broadway & 12th Street New York, NY


Aperture and Strand Books present a conversation between Susan Meiselas and Gideon Jacobs on Meiselas’ latest publication Susan Meiselas: On the Frontline (Aperture, 2017).

Susan Meiselas, one of the most influential photographers of our time and an important contributor to the evolution of documentary storytelling, provides an insightful personal commentary on the trajectory of her career in Susan Meiselas: On the Frontline. She guides us through her ideas, practices, and decision-making along her journey—from Carnival Strippers (1976) and Nicaragua: June 1978–July 1979 (1981; reissued by Aperture 2008, 2016) to Kurdistan: In the Shadow of History (1997) and Cova da Moura, Portugal (2004). This book includes over one hundred photographs from her earliest work and most iconic images, along with previously unpublished photographs.

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Susan Meiselas (born in Baltimore, 1948) received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and her MA in visual education from Harvard University. For her groundbreaking work, she has received the Robert Capa Gold Medal for her project in Nicaragua (1979); Leica Award for Excellence (1982); Engelhard Award from the Institute of Contemporary Art (1985); the Hasselblad Foundation Photography Prize (1994); Cornell Capa Infinity Award (2005); and most recently the Harvard Arts Medal (2011). In 1992, she was named a MacArthur Fellow. Meiselas joined Magnum Photos in 1976 and is President of the Magnum Foundation.

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 has contributed 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.

Susan Meiselas in Conversation with Gideon Jacobs at Strand Books