Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2019 Nominee: Susan Meiselas
Susan Meiselas (b.1948, USA) has been nominated for the exhibition Mediations (Jeu de Paume, Paris, 6 February – 30 May 2018).
Susan Meiselas is a leading documentary photographer, widely acknowledged for her work in conflict zones of Central America (1978–1983), and in particular for her powerful photographs of the Nicaraguan revolution.
Favouring an immersive approach, she often collaborates with her subjects over long periods of time, and has focused on a wide range of challenging issues from ethnic and religious conflicts, human rights issues and the sex industry.
Meiselas often adopts different methodologies in her process, incorporating photographic essays, installations, audio, film and the printed page. Mediations is the most comprehensive European retrospective of Meiselas’ work, bringing together series’ from the 1970s to the present day. The exhibition reveals her unique approach as an artist who has constantly questioned the status of the image in relation to the context in which it appears.
Susan Meiselas has been awarded the Kraszna-Krausz Fellowship Award 2019 for her outstanding contributions to photography book publishing.
The Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize is an annual award established by The Photographers’ Gallery, London, in 1997 and in partnership with the Deutsche Börse Group since 2005 to identify and support talent, excellence and innovation. In 2016 the prize was renamed to reflect its new position within the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation, a specifically established non-profit organisation focused on the collecting, exhibiting and promoting of contemporary photography.
The winner of the £30,000 prize will be announced at a special award ceremony held at The Photographers’ Gallery on 16 May 2019.
The 2019 Jury
The members of the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2019 jury are Sunil Gupta, artist, writer, activist and curator; Diane Dufour, Director of Le Bal, Paris; Felix Hoffmann, Chief Curator at C/O Berlin; Anne-Marie Beckmann, Director, Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation, Frankfurt; Brett Rogers, Director, The Photographers’ Gallery, London, continues as the non-voting chair.