Susan Meiselas is celebrated with the 2019 Kraszna-Krausz Fellowship Award
To coincide with the Kraszna-Krausz annual Photography and Moving Image Book Awards, the Foundation is celebrating the work of Susan Meiselas by awarding her the Fellowship Award 2019. 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 Book of the year and Moving Image Book of the year. Three of Meiselas’ books are on display on the Kraszna-Krausz stand at Photo London (16-19 May 2019).
In what proved to be a busy and very celebratory evening, Meiselas was also awarded the prestigious Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2019. Her work is currently on display at The Photographer’s Gallery, London.
The Kraszna-Krausz Fellowship recognises photographers whose careers exemplify the highest standards of photography book production; who have inspired creativity, created rigorous projects, and have had a lasting impact on both their fellow artists and the practice of image-making.
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.
Josef Koudelka was honoured in 2018, in recognition of his extraordinary work in books throughout a distinguished career. Previous winners are David Goldblatt (2015) and Don McCullin (2016).