Mentored by André Kertész, Roy DeCarava, Garry Winogrand and Helen Gee, Susan May Tell’s first one-person exhibition of fine art photographs appeared in California in 1982. Some additional solo exhibitions include the Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, Griffin Museum of Photography and Avenue B Gallery. Upcoming is a solo exhibition in 2021 at The Schumacher Gallery, Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. Her work has been featured in many group shows at museums, universities, galleries, AIPAD and Photoville.
Tell received fellowships to The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo and Virginia Center for Creative Arts. The MacDowell Colony awarded her the Evelyn Stefansson Nef Fellow for 2015-2016.
Tell’s work is in the Smithsonian Museum’s Samuel Wagstaff Collection. Her Catalog of Works was acquired by Columbia University
ARTnews, the New York Times and Boston Globe are among the publications to showcase her fine art work.
Shortly after Tell’s 1982 breakout exhibition, she began accepting commissions from The New York Times and other pre-eminent publications. Based in Cairo for four years, then Paris, her photos from Africa, the Middle East and Europe appeared on the covers of TIME, Newsweek and other major international publications.
Returning home to NYC in 1995, Tell spent a decade as a New York Post staff photographer, covering the NBA, Yankees, death of the People’s Princess Diana as well as perp walks and a constant stream of city stories.