Reissued in 2021, Learn to See: A Sourcebook of Photography Projects by Students and Teachers (Polaroid Foundation, 1974), a publication conceived when Susan Meiselas was a teacher in Bronx public schools in New York.
With the participation of other educators, artists and researchers, she created a tool dedicated to experimentation and learning through images. In a series of 101 playful exercises, the book progressively explores the basics of photographic language and, through stagings reflecting the daily life of the time, highlights the gaze of children from underprivileged neighborhoods of New York, South Carolina or Mississippi.
Learn to See not only takes us back to the origins of Meiselas’ collaborative work and uninterrupted engagement with communities, but also seeks to inspire image makers and push them to explore new forms of interactions with our environment.
Learn to See is at the origin of the book Eyes Open, 23 photographic ideas for curious kids, published earlier in 2021.