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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. She photographed the carnivals during three consecutive summers while teaching photography in the New York public schools. Meiselas joined Magnum Photos in 1976 and has worked as a freelance photographer since then. She is best known for her coverage of the insurrection in Nicaragua and her documentation of human rights issues in Latin America, which were published widely throughout the world. In 1997, she completed a six-year project curating a 100-year photographic history of Kurdistan, and integrating her own work into the book entitled Kurdistan: In the Shadow of History (Random House, 1997; reprinted by the University of Chicago Press, 2008). Meiselas then created the website, www.akaKURDISTAN.com, an online archive of collective memory; as well as an exhibition that launched at the Menil Collection in Houston, and traveled for eight years to several venues in the United States and Europe.
Sunil Shah is an artist, curator and writer based in Oxford, UK. He is Associate Editor of American Suburb X Photography and Visual Culture Platform and PhD candidate at Central St Martins, London.
Rianna Jade Parker is a critic, curator and researcher based in South London where she studied her MA in Contemporary Art Theory at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Previously a Tate Collectives Producer, she is a Contributing Editor of frieze and a founding member of interdisciplinary art collective Thick/er Black Lines.
Kay Stephens is a cultural worker specialising in oral history. They are currently project managing Tsunagu/Connect, an oral history project exploring the lives of Japanese women in the UK since 1945. Kay is also a co-founder of daikon* zine and organises with Remember & Resist.
freya and gab founded clavmag at the start of 2020 to create a space for queer, trans and non-binary people to experiment with creative writing. clavmag is an antidote to the publishing industry with roots in the DIY scene, prioritising talent and accessibility over follower numbers and esoteric language. they provide an editorial feedback service in exchange for proof of donations to BLM charities, and will be publishing their one-year birthday issue in January 2021.
Jade Chao is Deputy Editor of the magazine on magnumphotos.com. She is interested in archiving, zines, and the concept of ‘doing-it-yourself’ in a creative context.