Susan Meiselas receives the 2019 Kraszna-Krausz Fellowship

To coincide with the annual Kraszna-Krausz Photography and Moving Image Book Awards, the Foundation celebrated the work of Susan Meiselas by awarding her the 2019 Fellowship Award.

The award was presented at a ceremony on Thursday 16 May 2019 at the Royal Society of Arts alongside the announcement of the winners of the Kraszna-Krausz Photography and Moving Image Book Awards. Three of Meiselas’ books were displayed on the Kraszna-Krausz stand at Photo London (16-19 May 2019) at Somerset House.

Susan Meiselas accepts the Fellowship at the Royal Society of Arts, May 2019.
Photograph by David Tett
“I am honoured to be awarded the Kraszna-Krausz Fellowship Award. Books have always been a vital form for me to bring my work together, building around what I’ve seen, while giving presence to other voices and contextualising materials. It is especially meaningful to be recognised for this process.”

– Susan Meiselas, 2019

Susan Meiselas accepts the Fellowship at the Royal Society of Arts, May 2019. Photograph by David Tett

In what proved to be a busy and very celebratory evening, Meiselas was also awarded the prestigious Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2019. Her winning body of work was displayed at The Photographer’s Gallery, London.

We are delighted to present Susan Meiselas with the Kraszna-Krausz Fellowship Award at a time when she is being recognised globally for her outstanding contribution to photography. In particular, Susan is nominated for her use of the book form in communicating her work and for the extremely high quality of the books she has produced throughout her career.

Sir Brian Pomeroy, Chair of Trustees, Kraszna-Krausz Foundation

Susan Meiselas has been documenting the world’s most pressing social and political issues for over 40 years. Meiselas has been a member of Magnum Photos since 1976 and her important contributions to documentary photography brings communities together through collective memory, fights to expose dictatorships and helps to give voice to the victims of disturbing humanitarian crises. A major touring retrospective was displayed at the Fundació Antoni Tàpies, the Jeu de Paume and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art during 2017 and 2018. The exhibition was accompanied by a monograph of the same name. A pioneer in her field, Meiselas has been a powerful advocate for the use of photography as a tool to access and share cultural and social memory.

NICARAGUA. Matagalpa. Muchachos await the counterattack by the National Guard © Susan Meiselas