About

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An experimental photographer, book artist, and educator, Susannah Hays makes images revealing essential systems interconnecting our universe, from the smallest leaf to the cosmos itself. Seeing shadow within form and form within shadow she steps quietly in the footsteps of Henry Fox Talbot and other early pioneers of photographic image making, looking for clues that connect a photographer with the essence of the medium and the motivation that lies deep within the impulse to photograph. Sensitive to both the language of photography and the visual signifiers within her immediate surroundings, her work exists in the midst of a dynamic and imaginative exchange with our In/Visible Cosmos.

On the faculty of San Francisco Art Institute’s photography program from 2002-2012, she was awarded a two-year research fellowship in 2012 from the University of California Berkeley to complete her doctorate. In 2013-2014 she accepted invitations to teach at Shenkar College of Art and Design in Ramat Gan Israel, Leuphana Universität in Lüneburg Germany and Santa Fe University of Art & Design. These teaching appointments were followed by a 2-month fellowship at Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice, Italy. She is presently contributing faculty at University of Georgia Cortona Study Abroad program.

Her fine art work has been widely exhibited and collected by numerous private and public institutions, including Stanford University's Green Library who acquired her archive in 2010. She’s represented by Seager/Gray Gallery in Marin, California; Silo 118 in Los Angeles; and Photo-Eye Gallery and Photo-Eye Books + Project Space in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she maintains her home and studio.

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We are each born at a certain instant from a seed and just as sure as the solar and lunar systems cycle around us, we inherit our ancestral lineage —the blueprint/membrane of our Being.

From the soil of our planet earth, we are given the potential to engage our human spirit in the endeavor of coming to understand our evolutionary bodies.

The photographer’s role brings light to the invisible, comprehension to the incomprehensible.
— May 2000 San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California