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What photographer doesn’t describe their first life-changing experience with a camera as a child? Susan does that too. Then she got a Leica. There was no going back. The quiet shutter of the M6 combined with Leitz lenses and top quality film allow detail to be brought out with superior clarity. Susan is passionate about the control she has over the processing of the final print in her darkroom.

In June 2006, Susan had a solo exhibit at Cichon Fine Art in Taos, NM of a series of photographs of Moscow and Siberia. She concentrated on capturing the changes taking place in Russia as the country transitions out of the Soviet era. One of the show (The Magazine, Santa Fe, NM) declared that the photos were reminiscent of Henri Cartier-Bresson. The signature piece – the close up of St. Basil’s – was featured in the 2006 Taos Art Museum Gala auction.

In October 2002, Susan had a solo exhibit of her photos from Namibia, Africa at a gallery in Taos. The photo of a close encounter with a rare desert elephant was later chosen as the poster for the first Taos Wild Film Festival.

Many of her favorite photographs are from Paris, a city that always draws her back to it. Since she loves the beach, she has traveled to and photographed the scenery of Crete, the Canary Islands, and the Hawaiian Islands. Of course, she also loves to photograph the American West.

Susan’s photographs are in private collections across the world and can be seen at her web site, Vista B&W of Taos.

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