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Sandinistas at the walls of the National Guard headquarters, Estelí, Nicaragua, 1979
Sandinistas at the wall of the National Guard headquarters, Esteli, Nicaragua

A funeral procession for assassinated student leaders.
A funeral procession for assassinated student leaders. Demonstrators carry a photograph of Arlen Siu, an FSLN guerrilla fighter killed in the mountains three years earlier, Jinotepe, Nicaragua

Returning home
Returning home, Masaya, Nicaragua, September

Awaiting counterattack by the Guard in Matagalpa
Awaiting counterattack by the Guard in Matagalpa, Nicaragua

Monimbo woman carrying her dead husband home to be buried in their backyard
Monimbo woman carrying her dead husband home to be buried in their backyard, near Managua, Nicaragua

1978-2004

“So I got on a plane and went. I didn’t know how or what I would photograph—even where I would stay—and I didn’t speak Spanish.”

Meiselas explained her departure for Nicaragua in the summer of 1978 as follows: “I was interested in a people challenging the authority that had held them in place for many years . . . I could relate to the demonstrations and the protests and the students rising up against a dictatorship.” She then documented the aspirations, the struggle, the fleeting victory, and the human cost of revolution in what would be considered her signature project, published in her book, Nicaragua (1981). In 1991, she and two colleagues returned to Nicaragua to locate the people she had photographed and to find out what had happened to them in the intervening years. Her concern led to the poignant documentary film Pictures from a Revolution about her trip back. Reframing History—a public exhibition she created among and for the people of Nicaragua through the installation of dozens of mural-sized images of her photographs in the places where they had been taken—followed in 2004. Through this continuing work, her images have gone beyond their relationship to a particular moment in history to become part of a narrative that continues to unfold today.

 

Susan Meiselas

Sandinistas at the wall of the National Guard headquarters, Esteli, Nicaragua
1979
Chromogenic print
Collection, International Center of Photography. © Susan Meiselas, Magnum

 

A funeral procession for assassinated student leaders. Demonstrators carry a photograph of Arlen Siu, an FSLN guerrilla fighter killed in the mountains three years earlier, Jinotepe, Nicaragua
1978
Chromogenic print
Collection, International Center of Photography. © Susan Meiselas, Magnum

 

Returning home, Masaya, Nicaragua, September
1978
Chromogenic print
Collection, International Center of Photography. © Susan Meiselas, Magnum

 

Awaiting counterattack by the Guard in Matagalpa, Nicaragua
1978
Chromogenic print
Collection, International Center of Photography. © Susan Meiselas, Magnum

 

Monimbo woman carrying her dead husband home to be buried in their backyard, near Managua, Nicaragua
1979
Chromogenic print
Collection, International Center of Photography. © Susan Meiselas, Magnum

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