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 solo exhibitions include the Griffin Museum of Photography, Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale and the University of California / San Francisco. Her work is exhibited at scores of brick-and-mortar galleries coast to coast.
Elizabeth Avedon featured her 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 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.
From September to December 2021, a solo exhibition of her work will be at the Schumacher Gallery, Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.