Photoworks Presents: Desert Island Pics: Susan Meiselas

Sunday 21 May 2017
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Somerset House

Photoworks renowned talks series asks which eight photographs would you take with you to a desert island?

Celebrated Magnum photographer, Susan Meiselas reveals her choices to Photoworks’ regular host, Stephen Bull.


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. 

Desert Island Pics

Loosely following the format of Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, Photoworks’ 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.


Photoworks is a national development agency for photography. Photoworks’ programme includes commissions, new writing, participation and exceptional projects including the national Jerwood/Photoworks AwardsPhotoworks Annual and Brighton Photo Biennial. The organisation’s aims are to connect outstanding artists with audiences and to champion talent and ambition. Photoworks is based at the University of Brighton, UK and is a National Portfolio Organisation supported by Arts Council England.