1978 — Susan Meiselas

“I don’t see war as heroic, but I saw the necessity of people to fight.”

“Central America was barely in the news when I first left. I read about what was happening in the newspaper, and there weren’t any images. Therefore, there was nothing that said, “I need to be there.” I was curious to understand the circumstances that were determining this conflict: a dictatorship that the United States had supported for a long period of time; a family in power — the Samosas; and this popular movement that was growing….”

“In my mind the thing that I was most criticized for, which seems ironic now, is that I was working in color at a time when very few people had worked in color previously. It was mostly a black-and-white tradition. And color was seen as aestheticizing violence.”

“I look back to my work as responding to what I was seeing. I didn’t have images in my head. People look at a photograph I made, that people called Molotov Man, as a gesture that mimics Robert Capa’s A Fallen Soldier. I don’t think that image was really etched in my mind when I was making that image.” — July 8, 2009

Meiselas appears in “No Job For a Woman”: The Women Who Fought to Report WWII.

Photograph by Tara Sgroi, 2009.


Women reporters during WWII were told war reporting was No Job For a Woman. Buy the DVD, available for purchase from Women Make Movies, to find out how these women over came the restrictions and created a new way of telling the story of war.
2011, 61 minutes, Color, DVD, English

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