From her series Intimate Landscapes, Susan Arthur Whitson creates unique environments which she states are “hiding in plain sight” through her intimate views of the world. These images represent life in a non-verbal world of raw perception, using miniature animals and other props as avatars set within the scene. These environments have their own unique scale where elements of the real world take on a new form or meaning.
Susan Arthur Whitson graduated from Wellesley College with a B.A. in Art History and went on to earn a Master’s degree in Art History from the University of Texas in the 1980s. As a photographer, she is mostly self-taught. Her passion for making photographs developed while working with prominent photographers and photographers’ estates in galleries in New York City. She refined her technical knowledge and skills through studies with Thomas Joshua Cooper, Harvey Stein, Craig Stevens, Lucy Johnson, Ellen Wallenstein, Bill Armstrong, among others. Ms. Arthur Whitson’s work has been exhibited in numerous juried competitions and exhibitions and is held in many private collections. She has taught photography at the School of Visual Arts, New York; University of the Arts, Philadelphia and Drexel University, Philadelphia.