Susan Meiselas received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and her M.A. in visual education from Harvard University. She joined Magnum Photos in 1976. She is the author of three books: Carnival Strippers, Nicaragua, and Pandora's Box and editor of five collections: Learn to See, El Salvador: The Work of 30 Photographers, Chile from Within., Kurdistan: In the Shadow of History and Encounters with the Dani. She has co-directed two films: "Living at Risk" and "Pictures from a Revolution" with Richard P. Rogers and Alfred Guzzetti. In 1998 she developed akaKURDISTAN, an innovative online website for collective memory and cultural exchange. Her retrospective book and recent exhibition In History was produced with the International Center for Photography, New York.
Meiselas' coverage of human rights violations and the insurrections in Central America was widely published throughout the world. One-woman shows include: Whitney Museum for American Art; FOAM, Amsterdam; Hasselblad Center, Sweden; Art Institute of Chicago; and the Museum Folkwang, Germany. In 1992 she was made a MacArthur Fellow. Her work is included in American and international collections. Meiselas is presently serving as the President of the Magnum Foundation.