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Susan Meiselas: On the Frontline

Susan Meiselas, Mark Holborn


Celebrated Magnum photographer Susan Meiselas offers a remarkable commentary on her work and the role of the documentary photographer in this landmark book

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This landmark book offers a synthesis of celebrated Magnum photographer Susan Meiselas’s views on her work and the role of the documentary photographer. Through text drawn largely from exclusive interviews with editor Mark Holborn, she offers a remarkable commentary on her career, from early work with carnival strippers, through groundbreaking reportage on Nicaragua and El Salvador, to projects encompassing subjects as varied as the Dani tribe of Indonesia, the Kurds of Northern Iraq and victims of domestic violence in California. Central to Meiselas’s work are themes of collaboration, return and exchange.

With over 110 photographs – some classics, others rarely published – this book demonstrates how the frontline on which Meiselas has worked involves a bearing of witness and a gathering of evidence. As Meiselas has stated: ‘To continue on is to be curious – to be compelled to confront, to examine, to expose, to engage, and not know where you will end up or how the journey will change you. The frontline is always a choice.’

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'With the publication of [this] new book, Meiselas’s extraordinary feats are brought back to the forefront of popular consciousness, where they deserve to stay'
AnOther Magazine

'Meiselas doesn’t spare us the details, instead she focuses us in on them and there is to be no avoiding the truth. She has a message and she delivers it in the most powerful way she knows – through her photographs'
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Book Details

Format: Hardback with half-height jacket

Size: 21.6 x 17.2 cm

Extent: 256 pp

Illustrations: 77

Publication date: 21 September 2017

ISBN: 9780500544716

Contents List

Introduction • 1. The Exchange • 2. El Pueblo • 3. History • 4. The Interior

About the Author

Susan Meiselas is an award-winning documentary photographer, whose work has been published in numerous books and exhibited internationally in galleries including the Fundació Antoni Tàpies in Barcelona and Jeu de Paume in Paris.

Mark Holborn is an internationally recognized editor and designer of illustrated books working with a diverse range of artists, from William Eggleston to Lucian Freud. He is also a curator, author and specialist on Japanese culture. His books as an editor with Thames & Hudson include Antony Gormley on Sculpture, Susan Meiselas: On the Frontline and Daido Moriyama.

List of Contributors

Mark Holborn