The Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation in Frankfurt, Germany, has given its 2019 prize to Susan Meiselas, one of the most prominent artists associated with the cooperative Magnum Photos. She was being recognized for her 2018 retrospective at the Jeu de Paume in Paris, which mounted her most comprehensive show in Europe to date. Through the prize, Meiselas will take home £30,000 (about $38,200).
Meiselas is widely known for her photographs documenting a variety of subjects, from strippers working at carnivals to global conflicts. Among her most notable series is one documenting the 1978–79 revolution in Nicaragua.
In a statement, Brett Rogers, the director of the Photographers’ Gallery in London and the chair of the prize’s jury, said, “Susan’s consistent approach to the medium and her personal investment in the stories, histories, and communities she documents has carved out a new and important form of socially engaged photography. It is one that proposes a sustainable and ongoing relationship with the people and their contexts and feels especially relevant and resonant today.”
Other jury members included artist Sunil Gupta; Diane Dufour, the director of Le Bal in Paris; Felix Hoffmann, the chief curator of C/O Berlin; and Anne-Marie Beckmann, the director of the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation.
Meiselas’s work is currently being shown alongside that of the other artists nominated for the 2019 prize at the Photographers’ Gallery: Laia Abril, Arwed Messmer, and Mark Ruwedel.