Past Artist Talk

Bieke Depoorter and Susan Meiselas in Conversation at Aperture

Join two Magnum photographers for an evening of discussion in New York

Bieke Depoorter I am about to call it a day (2012). © Bieke Depoorter | Magnum Photos

Aperture Foundation, in collaboration with Magnum Photos, is pleased to present a night of conversation between Susan Meiselas and Bieke Depoorter.

Join us for a night filled with insight and discussion between two of Magnum’s women photographers.

Bieke Depoorter (Translation of the written text below) -You have lived through one snapshot an hour, or two, or a night. Just a picture. But you haven't experienced, lived through what's in this picture. - I h (...)
Bieke Depoorter (Translation of the written text below) - You can stay with me no problem, a day, a week, a month. But taking pictures: no. - Sometimes all the borders · customs, traditions, doctrines - can mak (...)

Meiselas and Depoorter, who both joined the agency in their early twenties, will discuss the nature of their work as documentary photographers—exploring both the challenging and rewarding aspects of this field. Both photographers are known for working intimately with their subjects, immersing themselves in new environments, and developing unique approaches in their long-term projects. Two photographers of different generations, they will discuss the changing ways in which photographers capture today’s social and political landscape in the US and worldwide.

The conversation will be followed by a book signing.

Bieke Depoorter Qorsaya, an island in Cairo. Egypt. © Bieke Depoorter | Magnum Photos
Bieke Depoorter Cairo, Egypt. 2012. © Bieke Depoorter | Magnum Photos

Where & When

Aperture Foundation
Thursday, June 14, 2018
6:30 – 8:00 PM
$5 donation fee

This talk is open to the public

Susan Meiselas Lena on the Bally Box. Essex Junction, Vermont. USA. 1973. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos

Bieke Depoorter (born in Kortrijk, Belgium, 1986) joined Magnum Photos at the young age of twenty-five and became a full member in 2016. She received a master’s degree in photography at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent in 2009. She has won several awards for her documentary projects, including the Magnum Expression Award in 2009. Her previous publications include Ou Menya (2012) and I am about to call it a day (2014).

Susan Meiselas Tia in the garden. A refuge in the Black Country. UK. 2015. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos
Susan Meiselas Ann, Room 11. A refuge in the Black Country. UK. 2016. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos

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 a co-founder of the Magnum Foundation.

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Susan Meiselas Re-Framing History, Nicaragua mural project installation based of original photographs taken in 1978 of the popular insurrection against Somoza. Maysa. Nicaragua. July, 2004. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos