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Susan May Tell | Photographs of Space, Silence and Solitude


  • Fine Art

Susan May Tell is an award-winning fine art photographer whose solo exhibitions have been showcased at such venues as the Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, Griffin Museum of Photography, University of California | San Francisco, and the Avenue B Gallery.

Her photographs are in the Smithsonian Museum's Samuel Wagstaff Collection and have been featured in many group exhibitions including the Hudson River, Monmouth and Phoenix Art Museums, the Salmagundi Club and New York University. Malcolm Daniel, the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Chief Curator of Photographs, awarded Tell's photo, Witness Katrina, First Place in an exhibition he juried for the Barrett Art Center in Poughkeepsie, NY. Her project "Appalachia: 2012" was recently selected "Best of ASMP 2013."

Tell's work is known for its very formal compositions: lines, angles, dividing what is within the frame. It is known equally for its powerful emotions: feelings of isolation and melancholy. Taken together, these seemingly disparate elements create photographs that are direct yet poetic, mysterious, quiet and understated.

Tell also had a successful career as a photojournalist, spending 4 years based in Cairo and 4 years in Paris, working for clients including the New York Times, LIFE, and TIME Magazines. This was followed by 10 years as a staff photographer for the New York Post.