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Nicaragua in the 1970s

American documentary photographer Susan Meiselas captures the Nicaraguan revolution of the 1970s

Susan Meiselas

Susan Meiselas | Nicaragua A funeral procession for assassinated student leaders. Demonstrators carry a photograph of Arlen Siu, an FSLN guerrilla fighter killed in the mountains three years earlier. Jinotepe, Nicaragua. 1981. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos
Susan Meiselas | Nicaragua Car of a Somoza informer burning in Managua. Managua, Nicaragua. 1981. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos
Susan Meiselas | Nicaragua Traditional Indian dance mask from the town of Monimbo, adopted by the rebels during the fight against Somoza to conceal identity. Nicaragua. 1978. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos
Susan Meiselas | Nicaragua Muchachos await the counterattack by the National Guard. Matagalpa, Nicaragua. 1981. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos
Susan Meiselas | Nicaragua Sandinistas at the walls of the Esteli National Guard headquarters. Esteli, Nicaragua. 1979. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos
Susan Meiselas | Nicaragua Returning home. Masaya, Esteli, Nicaragua. September, 1978. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos
Susan Meiselas | Nicaragua Searching everyone traveling by car, truck, bus or foot. Cuidad Sandino, Nicaragua. 1981. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos
Susan Meiselas | Nicaragua Street fighter. Managua, Nicaragua. 1979. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos
Susan Meiselas | Nicaragua Serving food to Sandinistas holding the barricades in Managua. Managua, Nicaragua. 1979. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos
Susan Meiselas | Nicaragua Sandinistas in the streets of Esteli. Esteli, Nicaragua. 1979. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos
Susan Meiselas | Nicaragua Final assault on the Esteli National Guard headquarters. Esteli, Nicaragua. July 16, 1979. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos
Susan Meiselas | Nicaragua Fleeing the bombing to seek refuge outside of Esteli. The Nicaraguan National Guard captured the city of Esteli which was held by Sandinesta rebels. Esteli, Nicaragua. September 20, 1978. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos
Susan Meiselas | Nicaragua On the road to Managua. Masaya, Nicaragua. 1979. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos
Susan Meiselas | Nicaragua In the central plaza, renamed 'Plaza de la Revolucion.' Managua, Nicaragua. 1979. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos

Susan Meiselas’s photographs of the revolution in Nicaragua form an extraordinary narrative, starting with a powerful and chilling evocation of the Somoza regime, following the course of the popular resistance that led to an insurrection, and ending with the triumph of the revolution.