Freelance documentary photographer Susan Meiselas, a member of Magnum Photos since 1976, has been awarded the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2019.
Meiselas was deemed to have made a consistently outstanding contribution to photography, influencing the way that audiences encounter and understand the form and exemplifying a commitment and personal investment to her subject matter and subjects that has left an indelible mark on the history of photography.
A leading documentary photographer, Meiselas is widely acknowledged for her work in the conflict zones of Central America (1978–1983), and in particular for her powerful photographs of the Nicaraguan revolution. Drawing on more than four decades of experience photographing around the world, Meiselas favours an immersive approach, often collaborating with the communities she photographs over long periods of time, and has focused on a wide range of challenging issues from ethnic and religious conflicts, human rights issues to the sex industry. Mediations was the most comprehensive European retrospective of Meiselas’ work to date, which brought together series’ from the 1970s to the present day.
You can view the Deutsche Börse Photography exhibition at the Photographers Gallery London until 2 June