Susan Middleton


Susan Middleton is a photographer and author specializing in the portraiture of rare and endangered animals, plants, sites, and cultures for the past 30 years. She was Chair of the Department of Photography at the California Academy of Sciences from 1982 to 1995, where she currently serves as Research Associate.  Her last book, in collaboration with Mary Ellen Hannibal, is Evidence of Evolution (Abrams 2009).  Previous books in collaboration with David Liittschwager include Archipelago and Remains of a Rainbow (National Geographic); Witness and Here Today (Chronicle Books).  She has produced films and exhibitions in conjunction with her book projects.  Her most recent project is ‘Hermit Crabs!’, a short film produced for the web.  Her upcoming book Spineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates: the Backbone of Life will be published by Abrams October 2014. 


Middleton was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship in 2009, and is the recipient of an Endangered Species Coalition Champion Award for Education and Outreach and a Bay & Paul Foundation Biodiversity Leadership Award. In the fall of 2008 Middleton was invited as a guest artist at Crown Point Press, San Francisco, to create a series of limited edition color photogravures.  Middleton’s photographs have been exhibited and published throughout the world, both in fine art and natural history contexts.  She lives in San Francisco.


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