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In History
Susan Meiselas

In History, Susan Meiselas

In History, Susan MeiselasIn History
Susan Meiselas

Edited by Kristen Lubben.
Texts by Susan Meiselas, Caroline Brothers, Edmundo Desnoes, Elizabeth Edwards, David Levi Strauss, Lucy Lippard, Kristen Lubben, Allan Sekula and Diana Taylor.
Book design by Bethany Johns.


356 pages
200 x 260 mm
ISBN 9783865216854


In History is a retrospective of Susan Meiselas’ photographic works throughout her career which accompanies the International Centre of Photography exhibition which took place from the 19th of September 2008 to the 4th of January 2009 in New York City. Since the 1970s, questions of ethics raised by documentary practice have been central to debates in photography. Perhaps no other photographer has so closely and consistently represented and participated in these debates than Susan Meiselas. An American photographer best known for her work covering the political upheavals in Central America in the 1970s and ’80s, Meiselas’s process has evolved in radical and challenging ways as she has grappled with pivotal questions about her relationship to her subjects, the use and circulation of her images in the media, and the relationship of images to history and memory. Her insistent engagement with these concerns has positioned her as a leading voice in the debate on contemporary documentary practice. In History was the winner of the ‘Kasseler Fotoforum 24 Favourite Photobooks 2008/2009’ and ‘Rencontres d’Arles Historical Book Award 2009’.

About the Artist
Susan Meiselas (b. 1948), one of the leading photographers in the humanistic-documentary tradition, has portrayed people in their struggle for social justice and human dignity, as seen in her powerful work from the revolutions of Nicaragua and El Salvador, which reflect a deep sense of engagement. In Susan Meiselas’ photographs there is a tension in the interrelation between form and social content

About the Publisher
Gerhard Steidl began working as a printer and designer in 1968. From political non-fiction he then expanded into literature and selected books on art and photography. Steidl publishes German literature as well as translations from French, English and Icelandic.In 1994 Steidl launched its international photobook program. Today it includes some of the world’s most renowned photographers and artists including Joel Sternfeld, Bruce Davidson, Robert Frank, Robert Adams, Karl Lagerfeld, Lewis Baltz, Dayanita Singh, Ed Ruscha, Roni Horn and Juergen Teller, to name but a few. Every Steidl book distinguishes itself through individual design and production values. Known for his passion for paper, printer and publisher Gerhard Steidl personally selects the paper and binding materials for each title and oversees all aspects of the production process – each Steidl book literally passes through his hands. Over the decades Steidl at Düstere Strasse 4 in Göttingen has become one of the most respected printers in the international publishing world. Whether photography, art, fashion or literature, it is Steidl’s goal to realize the dreams and goals of artists and authors, and to create art in book form.

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