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Susan Hacker Stang (b. Susan Hacker; Oct. 19, 1949; Wilkes-Barre, PA) is an American photographer and educator. She studied with Harry Callahan and then Aaron Siskind at Rhode Island School of Design during the late 1960s and early 1970s. She joined the faculty of Webster University, St. Louis in 1974, where she helped found and build the photographic studies program in the School of Communications. In 1971-1972, Stang lived in London, photographing for the cutting edge fashion magazine, NOVA (published from 1965–1975). She spent seven months in Jerusalem in 1979 as an Artist-In-Residence at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design. In recent years, she has taught summer workshops in Florence, Italy, both at the Santa Reparata International School of Art (SRISA) and The Darkroom.

Much of her work in photography has involved the use of alternative cameras and formats, such as the Olympus Pen-FT half-frame camera, Kodak Brownie, Holga, and techniques such as Polaroid emulsion transfer. A book of her 8 x 10 Polaroid emulsion transfers, Encountering Florence/Firenze un incontro was published in 2007 by Palombi Editori in Rome and Webster University Press, St. Louis. Stang’s use of the emulsion transfer process was described in an American review of the book as giving her portrait of Florence “a delicate, draping quality which is reminiscent of the fabric draped on the ancient statues within the images”[1] and in an Italian review as yielding a portrait of “a city not previously seen and perhaps a little disquieting.”[2] The book’s bi-lingual text of English and Italian was edited by Andrea Burzi and Susanna Sarti, both of Florence, in addition to Stang. A portfolio of this work is held by the Rare Books Collection of the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale Firenze. Stang’s work is also found in numerous other collections, including the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; the California Museum of Photography, Riverside; the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Southeast Museum of Photography and the Portland Museum of Art.

Stang’s photography has been published in a number of books among them Exploring Color Photography, Second Edition (1993), Jerusalem As She Is (1991), The Visionary Pinhole (1985), Between Twelve and Twenty (1982), Creative Camera International Yearbook (1977), and Women See Woman (1976) in addition to magazines such as Hatzilum Magazine, Israel (July 1979), the British Journal of Photography, London (April 1972) and NOVA (1971-1972 issues).

She currently resides in St. Louis, MO with her husband Richard Stang, author of The Theory of the Novel in England, 1850-1870 (1959) and other works of literary criticism.

References

  1. ^ The Photo REVIEW. Vol. 28, No. 3, p. 28
  2. ^ Translated from intoscana.it (il portale ufficiale della Toscana) Nov. 6, 2007.

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