Documentary and conflict photographer Susan Meiselas on the nature of the work she does

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Documentary and conflict photographer Susan Meiselas on the nature of the work she does
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"There is a subtle process here that all documentarians know: you allow yourself to become immersed and then you have to pull out. Knowing when to get out takes judgment, and I think it is intuitive. But sometimes, as with my photos of Pandora’s Box, you feel some sense of incompleteness. At the heart of a project like this is an implicit collaboration: we are all here, looking at each other. The documentary photographer can cross the line and show that the conflict zone is not just a battleground in a distant land; it is also in our homes, it is self-inflicted, it is in our heads."

-From her new book "Susan Meiselas: On The Front Line" and excerpt of which can be found at https://www.newyorker.com/culture/photo-booth/my-time-photographing-inside-an-s-and-m-club

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