Susan Seubert at the 2017 Venice Biennale: Virtual Tour

My show at the 2017 Venice Biennale opened last week and there was much rejoicing.  This is a true milestone in my career as an artist, so a group of us gathered, drank Prosecco and toasted to the beautiful city of Venice.  I’ll be heading back later this year to the Palazzo Bembo, where the show, “Personal Structures,” will be on display until November 26th.  If you are going to be in Venice, this 15th century building is about a block from the Rialto Bridge and admission is free. If you can’t make it, here is a 360 degree view of the installation of my work, from the, “Asphyxiation” series.  You can also look at the work on my web site here.


Photographer Susan Seubert in Smithsonian Magazine

The April issue of Smithsonian Magazine features a photograph that I made on assignment in Washington, D.C. last November.  I was invited by the magazine to make an image of the Green Book, a guide first published in 1937 for African Americans who traveled by car and needed to navigate the segregated United States.  The magazine was started by Victor H. Green, a black postal carrier from Harlem.  It began as a slim, 15-page directory with recommendations in the New York area and listed safe places for black travelers to visit. These included gas stations, hotels, beauty salons, golf courses and even individuals who welcomed people into their homes.  The guidebook grew as people contributed to the directory and eventually this publication encompassed areas outside of the U.S. You can read the story here.  The image was created using the wet-plate collodion technique, known as an Ambrotype, a photographic process that dates back to about 1851 and was used as documentary photography tool during the American Civil War.  I have used this process for a variety of applications from magazine stories to personal projects.

The Green Book, photographed at the archives of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

The Green Book, photographed at the archives of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture



Fine Art and Editorial Photographer Susan Seubert Noontime Chat at the Portland Art Museum

I have been invited by the Portland Art Museum’s Photo Council to give a talk about my work as an editorial photographer and a fine art photographer.  The talk will take place at the museum in the Miller room on Wednesday, February 17th at noon and is open to the public.  There was blurb about the talk on DK Row’s blog and in today’s Oregonian Newspaper. The talk will largely revolve around the broad notion that photography is simply a device used to communicate ideas.  Those ideas can be as distinct as each individual that chooses the camera as their medium.  More to come on Wednesday…  bring your lunch and be sure to not shy away from asking questions!  This is a casual affair.

Here is the press release:

For Immediate Release

Contact:  Jim Leisy (Photography Council)
503.708.3387 /

“I’ve Led Two Lives”
a public talk by
Susan Seubert

at the Portland Art Museum
Wednesday February 17 at Noon, in the Miller Room

PORTLAND, Ore. —Noted photographer Susan Seubert will be giving a public talk about pursuing two discrete photographic careers: one as an artist and the other as an editorial photographer.

In this talk, I will discuss the challenges and rewards of being both a fine art and editorial photographer, how I’ve kept the two careers separate, and how ultimately they’ve grown to inform and involve one another.  I will show work that spans both careers.
—Susan Seubert

Susan Seubert’s public talk is part of the Photography Council’s monthly “Brown Bag Series”, a series of informal presentations by Northwest photography luminaries, the 3rd Wednesday of every month from Noon – 1 p.m. in the Miller Room at the Portland Art Museum.
This presentation is sponsored by the Portland Art Museum’s Photography Council.

Lecture by:      Susan Seubert, fine art & editorial photographer
Date & Time:     Wednesday February 17, Noon – 1 p.m.
Location:         Miller Room in the Mark Building
Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97205
Cost:                Free to the public.  (Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch.)

About Susan Seubert
Susan Seubert was born in 1970 in Indianapolis, Indiana and is an active fine art and journalism photographer based in Portland, Oregon. Her provocative imagery has earned her critical acclaim with inclusion in the Portland Art Museum’s 1999 and 2001 Biennials and most recently in the 2009 Tacoma Art Museum Biennial. In 1999 Columbia University awarded Ms. Seubert an Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for her magazine work. Exacting in her preparation and printing, she is a master with the techniques of silver gelatin, platinum, tintype and wet plate collodion.  Since receiving her BFA in photography from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in 1992, Seubert has exhibited continuously in the United States. She was featured at Houston Center for Photography in 1997, and included in exhibit at Exit Art (New York) in 2001.  Currently, her work is represented by Froelick Gallery (Portland, OR), G. Gibson Gallery (Seattle, WA), and the Joseph Bellows Gallery (La Jolla, CA).

About the Photography Council
The Portland Art Museum Photography Council offers members behind-the-scenes access to collections, exhibitions, and curators. The council sponsors annual acquisitions for the Museum’s photography collection and brings renowned international photographers and historians to Portland for public and private events. Since its founding in 2001, the council has sponsored programs by David Byrne, Bruce Davidson, Elliott Erwitt, Abelardo Morell, Jerry Ueslmann, and many more. Dues to join the Photography Council are $100 for Members, $200 for Contributor Members, and $500 for the Advocate Member level.

About the Portland Art Museum
The seventh oldest museum in the United States and the oldest on the West Coast, the Portland Art Museum is internationally recognized for its permanent collection and ambitious special exhibitions drawn from the Museum’s holdings and the world’s finest public and private collections. The Museum’s collection of 42,000 objects, displayed in 112,000 square feet of galleries, reflects the history of art from ancient times to today. The collection is distinguished for its holdings of arts of the native peoples of North America, English silver, and the graphic arts. An active collecting institution, dedicated to preserving great art for the enrichment of future generations, the Museum devotes 90 percent of its galleries to its permanent collection. The Museum’s campus of landmark buildings, a cornerstone of Portland’s cultural district, includes the Jubitz Center for Modern and Contemporary Art, the Gilkey Center for Graphic Arts, the Schnitzer Center for Northwest Art, the Northwest Film Center, and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Center for Native American Art. With a membership of more than 22,000 households and serving more than 350,000 visitors annually, the Museum is a premier venue for education in the visual arts. For information on exhibitions and programs, call 503.226.2811 or visit

Editor’s Note: For high resolution images please contact Jim Leisy at or 503.708.3387.

Florida - holding a baby alligator. Learned a lot about how to hold one.

photo by Chris Hornbecker

Susan Seubert at the Tacoma Art Museum

The show, “A Concise History of Northwest Art,” is currently on display at the Tacoma Art Museum in Washington state.  A series of pictures I made in 1998, “The Ten Most Popular Places to Dump a Body in the Columbia River Gorge” will be on display until May 23rd of 2010.  If you haven’t been to the TAM, I highly recommend a visit.  Not only is the collection housed in a magnificent building, designed by Antoine Predock, but there are also several other museums located close by.  Although Tacoma is generally not considered as worthy a destination as it’s big sister Seattle, I have found it a fine place to visit.  We’ve taken the train from Portland and spent the night at the impressive Hotel Murano, which is dedicated to glass art.  Not only is the train ride from Portland relaxing, once you arrive in Tacoma, you can take the free streetcar from the train station and spend the day tooling around the downtown area.

Susan Seubert's image from A Concise History of Northwest Art at the Tacoma Art Museum

Tacoma Art Museum Biennial Exhibition Talk

This Saturday, February 28th, I’ll be giving a talk about my work at the Tacoma Art Museum along with the three other photographers selected for the exhibition: Michael Kenna, Doug Keyes and Isaac Layman.  The title of the half day program is called, “Taking Pictures Through Multiple Lenses: Photography in the Biennial.”  Each of us has been asked to present a 40 minute presentation.  I am scheduled to speak at 11:40am, so if you’re in Tacoma and don’t have anything better to do, please join us!  I promise to try and make you laugh.   I’m looking forward to hearing Doug and Isaac particularly because I don’t know either of these artists personally and their work in the Biennial is impressive.  Michael Kenna is always a great speaker and is the most famous of our lot, so I’m looking forward to hearing him speak again, and interested to see what he’s been up to in Japan, besides singing karaoke, which I understand he can do in perfect Japanese.  Ohio!