Biographical statement – Susana Millman Photography (mamarazi.com)
My photographic intention is to capture the essence of a moment and leave a visually evocative memory of the experience. I love to shoot live, and transcendent moments occur when I am at one with the rhythm of the subject. This is true not only with the major areas of my photographic experience, musicians – especially Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead – and dancers – especially the Mark Morris Dance Group – but also when shooting travel, interiors and installations and documenting events and conferences.
I grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, attended Cornell and Columbia and traveled in South America before settling in the San Francisco Bay Area. International travel (especially off the beaten track) is a strong passion and my more recent travels have included Asia (India, the Silk Route, Myanmar), East Africa and Mali.
Currently I am working on a digital photographic book of my life and times with the Grateful Dead. My photos have been published extensively in works about the Dead, including the authorized biography, “A Long Strange Trip,” “Grateful Dead:: The Illustrated Trip” and “Grateful Dead 365” as well as in “L’Allegro, Il Penseroso y Il Moderato” the definitive study of the Mark Morris work of that name.
In an additional way the Grateful Dead has blessed my life, in 1985 I met and married writer and historian Dennis McNally, the long time Dead publicist. I am involved with a variety of progressive local causes, and also work with two international programs which support literacy – Caravan to Class in Mali and 100schools.org in Myanmar. As I have watched my two grandsons, Julian and Elias, blossoming in elementary school, it is even more important to me to promote childhood education at home and worldwide.
My photographic heroes include Robert Frank, Sebastian Salgado, William Eggleston, Jim Marshall and Andres Gursky.