A visual poet, Susan May Tell received recent artist fellowships to the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. The Smithsonian Museum includes her work in its Samuel Wagstaff Collection and Columbia University collected her Oral History and Catalog of Works.

Tell’s current solo exhibition, September – December 2021, is at the Schumacher Gallery, Capital University. Previous solo exhibitions include the Griffin Museum of Photography, Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, Gorilla Art Show at the Avenue B Gallery and the University of California / San Francisco. Her work continues to be exhibited at scores of brick-and-mortar galleries coast to coast, most recently in SlowExposures 2021 in Georgia and, through December 2021, at PhotoPlace Gallery in Vermont.

Elizabeth Avedon included her work in “fossils of time + light” — a book she curated and designed for the Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography.

Tell also had a celebrated 25-year career as a photojournalist, working for pre-eminent publications such as the New York Times, Time and LIFE Magazines. She spent a decade overseas, based in Cairo and Paris. Her stories included the women fighters of the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front, Iran-Iraq war, NBA Finals, actors, politicians, and more.

She also spent an amazing decade as a staff photographer and photo editor for her hometown, in-your-face, newspaper, the New York Post, before being inexorably and irresistibly drawn back to focusing on her personal work.

Equipment = Sony Rx100 V


More of her work can be seen at susanmaytell.com

Photographs of Space, Silence & Solitude


Traveling exhibition: A Requiem: Tribute to the Spiritual Space at Auschwitz
September 9 – December 10, 2021, Schumacher Gallery, Capital University
Bookings, please contact hava@art2art.org at art2art.org