Susannah Hays

Susannah is a nationally known book artist and experimental photographer whose work can be found in numerous museum collections: Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Stanford University's Green Library, New York Public Library's Spencer Collection, Mills College, Heller rare-book room, and Yale University Art Gallery.

An experimental photographer, Susannah takes pictures that reveal the essential interconnectedness of the systems in our universe, from the smallest leaf to the cosmos itself. She pursues repeating patterns, following the echoes of the organic within the inorganic, and she sees shadow within form and form within shadow.

She steps quietly in the footsteps of Henry Fox Talbot and other early pioneers of photographic image-making, looking for clues that connect a photographer with the essence of the medium and the motivation that lies deep within the impulse to photograph. Sensitive to both the language of photography and visual signifiers within her immediate surroundings, her work exists in the midst of a dynamic and imaginative exchange with our in/visible cosmos.

Susannah's teaching focuses on materials and methodology, hybrid and historic photographic processes, artists' books, and the history of photography. Her theory and discipline courses, Topologies, Embodied Camera, and Photography: Degree Zero, examine how the medium of photography and the body itself function to reconcile two disparate realities original to humans: the force of the mechanical apparatus and the shaping of unformed, formless matter into authentic, visionary representations.

Affiliated with San Francisco and New York Centers for the Book, she also is represented by Donna Seager Gallery, San Rafael. California; Scott Nichols Gallery, San Francisco; and Photo-eye Gallery, Santa Fe.

Adjunct Professor, First Year

BA, Mills College; MA, University of California, Berkeley; MFA, San Francisco Art Institute