Past Artist Talk

Magnum Photos Now: On Female Representation

Join Susan Meiselas in conversation with Amy Sherlock, to discuss the representation of women through the medium of photography, in the latest Magnum Photos Now talk at the Barbican in London

Susan Meiselas

Susan Meiselas Pebbles, JoJo and Carol on the A train, New York City. USA. 1978. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos

With a career spanning over four decades, Susan Meiselas has often focused on the visual representation of women and the more marginalized individuals in society. Primarily working within the documentary mode and in collaboration with her subjects, Meiselas is known for her use of photographic conventions to challenge issues around the male gaze and the relationship between photographer and subject.

For this discussion, Meiselas is joined by Amy Sherlock to explore the methods of addressing and challenging the medium of photography as a vehicle for questioning societal norms.

Susan Meiselas The Bally call, Tunbridge, Vermont. USA. 1974. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos
Susan Meiselas Shortie, Presque Isle, Maine. USA. 1973. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos

Susan Meiselas received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and her M.A. in visual education from Harvard University. Her first major photographic essay, Carnival Strippers, focused on the lives of women doing striptease at New England country fairs. Meiselas joined Magnum Photos in 1976 and has worked as a freelance photographer since then. Meiselas has had one-woman exhibitions in Paris, Madrid, Amsterdam, London, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. Her work is included in American and international collections. Honorary awards of recognition include the Robert Capa Gold Medal for “outstanding courage and reporting” by the Overseas Press Club.

Susan Meiselas Shortie and her man, South Carolina. USA. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos

Amy Sherlock is a writer based in London. She is deputy editor of frieze magazine and a curator of Open Source, a free annual contemporary art festival based in East London. Her writing about contemporary art, craft and design has appeared in numerous publications including frieze, RA Magazine, The Plant and the World of Interiors. She is the curator of the Frieze Academy Art & Architecture Conference.

Susan Meiselas Mistress Catherine after the Whipping I, The Versailles Room. Pandora's Box, New York City. USA. 1995. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos
Susan Meiselas Client lounge, Pandora's Box. New York City. USA. 1995. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos

This event is part of the Magnum Photos Now talks programme at the Barbican Centre.

Tickets can be purchased here.

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