Susan Meiselas’ first major photographic essay focused on the lives of women doing striptease at New England country fairs, combining her pictures with their words. Meiselas joined Magnum Photos in 1976 and has worked as a freelance photographer since then.
Meiselas is best known for her coverage of the insurrection in Nicaragua and her documentation of human rights issues in Latin America. Her more recent work has centred around collaboration with communities in gathering visual histories, as in Kurdistan In The Shadow Of History and Akakurdistan.com, an online archive of collective memory, and her most recent project, Encounters with the Dani. The book explores a 60-year history of an outsiders’ "discovery" of and interactions with the Dani, an indigenous people of the highlands of Papua in Indonesia. In 2003, Encounters with the Dani was featured as an installation in the International Center of Photography’s Triennial Strangers and was co- published by ICP/Steidl Verlag.