Susie Shapira has been taking pictures since her grandfather bought her a kodak disk camera when she was 10 years old. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania she received a BA from the University of Michigan, and earned a master's in journalism from Stanford University.
She moved to San Francisco in 1998 and has been in California ever since. For 15 years, she worked as a freelance photographer shooting emergencies and disasters all over the country and in many countries around the world. She has worked with international organizations like MSF, Save the Children, The International Rescue Committee and Mercycorps to name a few, and is a Disaster Assistance employee for FEMA. She has photographed the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Tsunami of 2004, famine in Niger and Ethiopia, post-election violence and displacement in Kenya, floods in Iowa and wildfires in San Diego. She is also passionate about the environment and loves shooting wildlife and landscapes. Susie is now working on transforming and re-inventing her images...digitally distorting them to look more like abstract paintings and experimenting with printing them on different mediums. She currently lives with her 5 year old son and 2 dogs in Northern California.