Reissued in a rare edition of 500 copies in 2021 Learn to See: A Sourcebook of Photography Projects by Students and Teachers (Polaroid Foundation, 1974), is a publication conceived when Susan Meiselas was a teacher in Bronx public schools in New York.
With the participation of other educators, artists and researchers, she created a tool dedicated to experimentation and learning through images. In a series of 101 playful exercises, the book progressively explores the basics of photographic language and, through stagings reflecting the daily life of the time, highlights the gaze of children from underprivileged neighborhoods of New York, South Carolina or Mississippi.
Learn to See not only takes us back to the origins of Meiselas’ collaborative work and uninterrupted engagement with communities, but also seeks to inspire image makers and push them to explore new forms of interactions with our environment.
Learn to See is at the origin of the book Eyes Open, 23 photographic ideas for curious kids, published by Aperture in 2021.
Susan Meiselas is an American photographer (b. 1948). Meiselas began her career photographing people in her neighborhood, with whom she has remained in contact to this day. A committed artist and exhibited around the world, she is known for her reportage work in Nicaragua and her collaborative approach to photography. A member of the Magnum Photos collective over which she now presides, an organization dedicated to mentoring young professional photographers. Her work was the subject of a retrospective at the Jeu de Paume in Paris in 2018: Mediations.