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Born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1948, Lives and works in New York.
Susan Meiselas is an American documentary photographer best known for her 1970s photographs, of war-torn Nicaragua and of American carnival strippers. Meiselas joined Magnum Photos in 1976 and has worked as a freelance photographer since then. She has published several books of her own photographs and has edited and contributed to others.
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.