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Recorded at Photo London 2017, celebrated Magnum photographer Susan Meiselas discusses the eight photos she'd take with her to a desert island.

Loosely following the format of BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, our touring photography talks series invites artists, writers and curators to select which eight images they’d take with them to a desert island. Stephen Bull, discusses each castaway’s selection with them and discovers how their choices reflect their life and career.

Choice 1

Danny Lyon – ‘Route 12, Wisconsin’ from The Bikeriders (1968)

Choice 2

Susan Meiselas – ‘Lena on the Ballybox, Essex Junction, USA, 1973’ from Carnival Strippers (1976)

Choice 3

Unknown photographer – Dick and Susan, late-1990’s

Choice 4

René Burri – Che, 1963 (six frames from contact sheet)

Choice 5

Henri Cartier-Bresson – ‘Hyéres, France, 1932’

Choice 6

Susan Meiselas – Two frames from contact sheet, date unknown

Choice 7

Abbie Fields – iPhone photograph of Justo memorial with Susan Meiselas’ Nicaragua photograph, 2016

Choice 8

Susan Meiselas – Tia from A Room of Their Own (2017)

About Susan Meiselas
For over forty years, American documentary photographer Susan Meiselas has focussed on human rights issues and social justice. She is particularly known for her work in Latin America. Her intense images are said to be “as much at home in newspapers and magazines as they are on museum walls”.
Meiselas joined Magnum in 1976 and became a full member in 1980. She has won numerous international awards including the Robert Capa Gold Medal Award (1979) for “outstanding courage and reporting”, the American Society of Magazine Photographers (ASMP) Award (1982), MacArthur Fellowship (1992), Cornell Capa Infinity Award (2005) plus the Krasna-Kraus Book of the Year and LUMA Book Award at Rencontres d’Arles (2009) for Susan Meiselas, In History.
susanmeiselas.com

About Desert Island Pics
Loosely following the format of Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, our touring photography talks series invites artists, writers and curators to select eight images they’d take with them to a desert island. Writer and lecturer Stephen Bull (University of Brighton), discusses each castaway’s selection with them and discovers how their choices reflect their life and career. Previous, Desert Island Pics castaways include Martin Parr, Jeremy Deller, Alison Jackson, Martin Barnes, Sean O’Hagan and Brett Rogers.

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