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2018 SPE Annual Conference: Uncertain Times: Borders, Refuge, Community, Nationhood / Hosted by The University of the Arts

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Susannah Hays


SPE Member since 2003
Member Chapter: Southwest

Susannah Hays

SPE member since 2003
Star Fields
Archival Pigment Prints

Susannah Hays

SPE member since 2003
Mesa Verde
Archival Pigment Prints


An experimental photographer, Susannah Hays' photographs reveal the essential interconnectedness of all systems in our universe - from the smallest leaf to the cosmos itself. She locates relationships within organic and inorganic patterns. She steps quietly in the footsteps of 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. Through Materials & Methods her teaching investigates how the medium of photography functions to reconcile two disparate realities original to man: the force of mechanical apparatus and the (re)shaping of in-formed or formless matter into authentic, visionary representations.

MFA, MA, PhD Susannah Hays is an Artist and Educator. On the faculty of the San Francisco Art Institute from 2002-2012, she accepted invitations to teach in Israel and Germany 2013-14. In 2016, She completed her dissertation, Nature as Discourse: A Co-evolutionary Systems Approach to Art & Environmental Design. Spring 2017, she will be teaching in Cortona, Italy. Her work has been exhibited and collected by numerous public and private institutions, including Stanford University who acquired her archive in 2009. Represented by Seager/Gray Gallery, Mill Valley California, Photo-Eye Gallery and Photo-Eye Books, Susannah lives in Santa Fe, NM.

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