Susan Meiselas
[Photographer, b. 1948, Baltimore, Maryland, lives in New York.]

 We know photographers make frames, but we deeply believe they can also create frameworks. 
 Finding a photograph is often like picking up a piece from a jigsaw-puzzle box with the cover missing. There’s no sense of the whole. Each image is a mysterious part of something not yet revealed. 
 The camera is an excuse to be someplace you otherwise don’t belong. It gives me both a point of connection and a point of separation. 
 For a long time I’ve lived with the inadequacy of that frame to tell everything I knew, and I think a lot about what is outside of the frame… 
 What worries me is that we want to close down our relationship to the world at large. In other words, people’s instincts are overwhelmed by the amount of images, or they can't distinguish anymore between Rwanda or Bosnia or Somalia. 
 It’s a strange experience… the photograph is like an object frozen in time, and people’s lives go on. 
 Dig in, follow your instincts and trust your curiosity. 
 I see myself in [the] tradition of encounter and witness—a “witness” that sees the photograph as evidence. 
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