SUSAN WILSON is a highly respected photographer, writer, educator, and lecturer who has exhibited her artwork in dozens of shows, and gained national recognition for her images of performing and literary artists. Her client list over the years has included such well-known names as Rebecca Parris, Bill Harley, Sol y Canto, the Borromeo String Quartet, Keith Lockhart, Pete Seeger, Holly Near, Cris Williamson, Alison Krauss, Patty Larkin, Bill Morrissey, Anita Diamant, and Stephen McCauley. For three decades, her photos have regularly appeared in newspapers, magazines, books, CD covers, posters, postcards, websites, and other media around the world. An alumna of the Museum School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and both undergraduate and graduate studies in history at Tufts University, she has served on the faculty of the New England School of Photography (NESOP) since 1982, and is director of NESOP's acclaimed Crosscurrents seminar series.
Susan has long held a special affection for world history and cultures. The recipient of a B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa), M.A., and A.B.D. (All But Dissertation) in history from Tufts University, Susan taught history at both the secondary school and college levels before moving into a career in journalism and photojournalism. Her work regularly appeared in the Boston Globe between 1978 and 1996. Since 1994 Susan has been writing and photographing books on Boston history, which include Boston Sites and Insights, The Literary Trail of Greater Boston, Garden of Memories: A Guide to Historic Forest Hills, The Omni Parker House, and A Brief History of Beacon Press. She was a contributing author for Boston and the American Revolution and Symphony Hall: The First 100 Years.
Since 2002, Susan has combined her love for history, world culture, imagery, and storytelling as Artistic Director for the multimedia company, Melodic Vision. Among the evocative shows she has performed and toured are Noche de Muertos (chronicling Mexico's most popular holiday, the Day of the Dead) and Sacred Grounds, Sacred Sounds (featuring the music and musicians of Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris).
Susan has long been associated with, and consulted for, Boston's historic walking tours, including the Freedom Trail, the Black Heritage Trail, the National Park Service, and Boston By Foot. She regularly researches, writes, and leads walking tours for individuals and organizations, including Primary Source and RoadScholar (formerly ElderHostel). A member of the Massachusetts Historical Society and the Boston Athenaeum, she is also an ambassador for historic Forest Hills Cemetery, and a board member, advisor, and/or regular contributor to the Boston Women's Heritage Trail and the Old South Association. She recently headed a team of researchers, visual artists, and designers developing The Maritime Museum at Battery Wharf and accompanying Harbor Walk Signage in Boston's North End.
With her broad array of contemporary and historic images, and a slew of wonderful stories, Susan has become a popular speaker in area lecture halls, libraries, historic sites, and classrooms. She has also won accolades for her animated and informative slide lectures on cultural and historic topics, which are featured on the WGBH Forum Network.
Susan's websites are www.susanwilsonphoto.com and www.melodicvision.com