Pho­tog­ra­pher in re­view

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Award-winning doc­u­men­tary pho­tog­ra­pher and pho­to­jour­nal­ist Su­san Meise­las is the fea­tured speaker in De­cem­ber for the Santa Fe Art In­sti­tute’s 2009 vis­it­ing artist and lec­ture se­ries Mem­ory: Shadow and Light— Art as In­di­vid­ual/Col­lec­tive Mem­ory. In con­junc­tion with her lec­ture, Meise­las hosts a one-day port­fo­lio re­view.

Meise­las is best known for her photo es­says beginning in 1976 with Car­ni­val Strip­pers and her work in Latin Amer­ica in the 1970s and 1980s— par­tic­u­larly her straight­for­ward ex­am­i­na­tion of po­lit­i­cal strife and death squads in Nicaragua and El Sal­vador, for which she won the Robert Capa Gold Medal from the Over­seas Press Club in 1979. In 2001, her mono­graph Pan­dora’s Box was pub­lished, re­veal­ing the in­ner sanc­tum of a New York S&M club. In 1992, Meise­las was named a MacArthur Fel­low. She has been as­so­ci­ated with Mag­num Pho­tos for more than 30 years.

Meise­las’ lec­ture takes place at 6 p.m. Mon­day, Dec. 7, at Tip­ton Hall, the Col­lege of Santa Fe, 1600 St. Michael’s Drive. Ad­mis­sion is $5; $2.50 for se­niors and stu­dents. The port­fo­lio re­view is slated for Sun­day, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at SFAI (on the cam­pus of the Col­lege of Santa Fe). Reser­va­tions are re­quired; there’s a slid­ing fee sched­ule start­ing at $100. Call 424-5050.

Su­san Meisalas: Wed­ding Re­cep­tion in the Coun­try­side, San­ti­ago, Nonu­alco, circa 1983

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