Life and work
Suau was born in Peoria, Illinois. He worked for the Chicago Sun-Times, and The Denver Post, and was a contract photographer for Time from 1991 to 2009 and has produced a number of stories for the National Geographic Magazine. He has dedicated his life and career to documenting the effects of international events on the lives of people around the world.
Suau has published five books, including Beyond the Fall, a 10-year photography project portraying the transition of the Eastern bloc starting from the fall of the Berlin Wall, and Fear This with American journalist and author Chris Hedges and blurbs by Howard Zinn and P. J. O'Rourke, about the war of images and slogans being played out in the USA whilst the country was at war in Iraq.
In 2009 he co-founded the non-profit collective "Facing Change: Documenting America", with a group of social minded photographers and writers to document the issues facing the United States during a time of economic uncertainty. As the project president he was able to negotiate and sign agreements with the Library of Congress, Leica Camera, National Geographic, GEO, Le Monde, Open Society Foundations and PhotoShelter. He resigned from the organization in June 2013, 6 months after a negligent board of directors took control of the company's management, to work on a number of developing projects.
Currently he is directing his first feature documentary, Organic Rising, which examines the rise of the organic farming movement across America's agricultural landscape. The film's Executive Producer is Deepak Chopra, the Production company is Goldcrest Films and Elizabeth Kusinuch, the wife of the former U.S. Congressman Dennis Kusinuch, is also a producer on the film. The film is slated for released in 2019.
- On a Deux Yeux de Trop: Avec les Réfugiés Rwandais, Goma, Zaïre, 1994. Arles, France: Actes Sud, 1995. ISBN 978-2742705641. On the genocide in Rwanda.
- Dans les Montagnes où Vivent les Aigles: Grozny, Tchétchénie, Janvier 1995. Arles, France: Actes Sud, 1995. ISBN 978-2-7427-0565-8. On the war in Chechnya.
- Beyond the Fall: The Former Soviet Bloc in Transition, 1989-99. Network Photographers, 2000. ISBN 978-0953675609.
- Fear This: A Nation at War. New York: Aperture, 2004. ISBN 978-1931788533.
- 1984: Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for his photographs of the famine in Ethiopia.
- 1987: World Press Photo of the Year, from World Press Photo, Amsterdam, for a photo taken during a demonstration in South Korea.
- 1995: Robert Capa Gold Medal for his photos from Chechnya.
- 2008: World Press Photo of the Year for a photograph taken in Cleveland, Ohio depicting an officer securing a home under foreclosure at gun-point.
- 2008: Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography, New York City.
- 2010: Emmy, 31st News & Documentary Emmy Awards, New Approaches to News and Documentary Programming: Arts, Lifestyle and Culture category, for a web documentary on his images taken during the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989.
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