For Susan Stava, photography presented a ticket out from the limited opportunities of her rural home town upbringing in upstate NY. So after graduation she moved to NYC; enrolled at Pratt Institute and started to hone her craft.
Early in her career she photographed portraits, nudes and eventually turned to the street, drawn by its opportunity for exciting picture stories.
As a New York Photojournalist she documented everything from the World Trade center terrorist attacks to Harlem prom dates to Clint Eastwood. Her goal was “to capture life as it really appeared” and avoid the soft focused imagery of fictional America. Along the way, her work was published in the New York Daily News, Time, Newsweek, People and Vanity Fair as well as several book projects such as America 24/7, May we not forget 9/11 and a collaboration with Joel Peter Witkin in his Harm’s Way.
After moving to New City’s in the Hudson Valley with her family over 10 years ago, the urban photojournalist turned her eye to her own back yard for subject matter. Her current book project is to document the history and the spirit of the people of South Mountain Road.
She has been freelancing for the New York Times for the past 10 years