Susan S. Bank

Susan S. Bank artist/photographer resides in Philadelphia PA and Portsmouth NH, living her early years on a New England island village and was educated at Barnard College and the University of Edinburgh. A snap shot shooter all her life, Bank decided to become a photographer at the ‘perfect point’ at age 60. Neither a drive-by shooter, nor a pickpocket photographer, Bank works on long-term projects. She continues to work on the Salisbury Beach series, a memorial scrapbookof a worn-down coastal Bay State oasis that is vanishing like cotton candy. For the first decade of 21st century, Bank worked on the elusive, mythical island of Cuba, producing two bodies of work. Cuba: Campo Adentro is an intimate portrait of daily life of tobacco farmers and their families in Pinar del Rio province. The work was first shown at The Fototeca in Havana Cuba in 2004. In the US, her el campo portfolio was honored by Anne Wilkes Tucker for “The Photo Project” and was exhibited at FotoFest 2006. Selected awards include winner of the Portfolio Project, Review Santa Fe (Center) 2005, and runner-up for the Aperture Portfolio Prize.  Twice selected as finalist for the Duke/Honickman First Book Prize, Bank decided to self publish Cuba: Campo Adentro with an essay by Juan Antonio Molina Cuesta. The book was launched at the Miami International Book Fair 2008, followed by exhibition and book launch at Michener Museum of Art, curated by Brian Peterson. Cuba: Campo Adentro was selected as one of “The Best Photography Books of the Year” by PHotoEspaña 2009 and ‘Best Books of the Year 2009” Photo-eye Books. In addition to exhibitions in several venues in Cuba, including the Havana Biennale 2006, the series has been exhibited in the US at Blue Sky Gallery, MASS College of Art, Hampshire College, the Southeast Museum of Photography, the Gabarron Foundation and Fleisher Art Memorial among others. Selections from the el campo series were exhibited at the Latin Pavilion NY Photo Festival, curated by Adriana Theresa Hernandez; Lehigh University, Women in Photography curated by Ricardo Viera; the Griffin Museum of Photography, Three Concerned Women curated by Constantine Manos; Lehigh University and Miami Dade College Viajeros: North American Artists’ Images of Cuba, curated by Ricardo Viera and Margarita Aguilar, and Michener Museum of Art Beauty: Magic in Images and Words, curatored by Brian Peterson. Works from Cuba: Campo Adentro are held in museum collections in the United States, most recently The Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson, and museums in Cuba, Mexico and Spain.

Bank's most recent publication, Piercing the Darkness: An unvarnished view of the mythical port city of Havana, with essay by John T. Hill, is currently on sale.

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2013: Critical Mass Semi-Finalist
2010: Fotovisura Grant Awards Finalist
2010: LensCulture International Exposure Awards
2010: Daylight/CDS Portfolio Awards
2009: "Best Books of 2009" Photoeye Books
2009: "The Best Photography Books of the Year" 2009 PHotoEspana Madrid Spain
2007: Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition Cash Prize, (juror Katherine C. Ware), Texas Women's University, Denton Texas
2006: Duke/Honickman First Book Prize Finalist (juror Robert Frank)
2006: Critical Mass Finalist 
2006: Silver Eye Fellowship Honorable Mention (juror Rod Slemmons) Pittsburgh PA 
2006: Texas Photo Society National Juror's Merit Award (juror Harris Fogel) 
2006: Lucie Awards Honorable Mention 
2006: Black and White Spotlight Portfolio Award 
2006: Griffin Museum 12th Juried Exhibition Honorable Mention (juror Bonni Benrubi) 
2006: Fleisher Challenge Award Philadephia PA 
2006: Perkins Center for the Arts Juror's Award (juror Katherine C. Ware) Moorestown NJ 
2005: Aperture Portfolio Prize Runner Up
2005: Silver Eye Fellowship Honorable Mention (juror Lesley A. Martin) Pittsburgh PA 
2005: "The Photo Project" Texas Photo Society (juror Anne W. Tucker) 
2005: Santa Fe Center for Photography Portfolio Project Competition, Juror's Choice Award (juror Rod Slemmons) 
2005: Santa Fe Review 2005 Scholarship Award
2005: "Best of Show"  The Photo Review Annual Awards Competition, Philadelphia PA 
2004: Duke/Honickman First Book Prize Finalist (juror Maria Hambourg) 
2002: Leeway Foundation Grant 2002 Philadelphia PA
1999-98: Maryland Federation of Art Juror's Award 1999 and 1998 Annapolis MD

TBA: Fototeca Nacional, Pachucha Mexico
2010: The Gabarron Foundation New York
2010: Gallery 1401 University of the Arts Philadelphia PA
2009: Blue Sky Gallery , Portland Oregon 
2008: Arte Contemporania, Miami FL 
2008-09: James A. Michener Museum, Doylestown PA  August 2008 - January 2009
2007: El Centro Provincial de Artes Plasticas y Disenos, Havana Cuba
2007: Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh PA 
2006: Brant Gallery, MASS College of Art, Boston MA
2006: Fleisher Memorial Challenge Exhibition, Philadelphia PA 
2005: Hampshire College, Amherst MA 
2004: UNEAC Gallery, Pinar del Rio, Cuba 
2004: Fototeca, Havana Cuba 
2002: Fototeca, Havana Cuba 
2001: University City Arts League Philadelphia PA 
2000: Maine Photo Co-op, Portland ME 
1999: University City Arts League, Philadelphia PA