Susan Bright

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Susan Bright is a British writer and curator of photography, specializing in how photography is made, disseminated and interpreted. She has curated exhibitions internationally at institutions including: Tate Britain, National Portrait Gallery in London and the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago amongst others.

The exhibition How We Are: Photographing Britain was the first major exhibition of British photography at Tate Britain. The exhibition of Home Truths (The Photographers' Gallery and the Foundling Museum and traveling to the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago and Belfast Exposed) was named one of the top exhibitions of 2013/2014 by The Guardian and The Chicago Tribune.[1]

Her published books include Feast for the Eyes: The Story of Food in Photography (2017), Home Truths: Photography and Motherhood (2013), Auto Focus: The Self Portrait in Contemporary Photography (2010), How We Are: Photographing Britain (2007: co-authored with Val Williams), Face of Fashion (2007), and Art Photography Now (2005). She regularly writes for museums and monographic books, and contributes to numerous magazines and journals.

She holds a Ph.D in Curating from Goldsmiths, University of London.[2]

Curated exhibitions[edit]


  • Art Photography Now. London: Thames & Hudson, 2006.
    • Second revised edition. Thames & Hudson, 2011. ISBN 978-0500289426.
  • How We Are: Photographing Britain from the 1840s to the Present. Edited and with texts by Bright and Val Williams. London: Tate, 2007. ISBN 978-1-85437-714-2. With essays by Gerry Badger and Martin Parr, and by Kevin Jackson.
  • Face of Fashion: Photographs by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, Corinne Day, Steven Klein, Paolo Roversi and Mario Sorrenti. New York: Aperture, 2007. ISBN 978-1597110396. With work by Mert and Marcus, Corinne Day, Steven Klein, Paolo Roversi, and Mario Sorrenti.
  • Auto Focus: The Self-Portrait in Contemporary Photography. London: Thames & Hudson, 2010. ISBN 978-0500543894.
  • Home Truths: Photography and Motherhood. 2013. ISBN 978-1-908970-10-7. Edited by Bright. With essays by Bright, Stephanie Chapman, Nick Johnstone and Simon Watney and photographs by Janine Antoni, Elina Brotherus, Elinor Carucci, Ana Casas Broda, Ann Fessler, Tierney Gearon, Miyako Ishiuchi, Fred Hüning, Leigh Ledare, Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, Katie Murray and Hanna Putz,
  • Feast for the Eyes. New York: Aperture, 2017. ISBN 978-1-59711-361-8.


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