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For one of the greatest women photographers of the last 40 years, Susan Meiselas had huge misgivings when she first held a camera.These are the "kind of fundamental questions we don't ask anymore when everyone is taking pictures with their iPhones," she told AFP, as a major retrospective of her work opened in Paris.Before her iconic images of Nicaragua, which pricked America's conscience over the kind of dictatorial regimes it was supporting in Central America, Meiselas had made her name chronicling a troupe of fairground strippers who toured rural towns on the U.S. East Coast.The irony is not lost on Meiselas, now 69 .With the Turkish army's push into Afrin in the Kurdish-held north of Syria largely hidden from the eyes of the world, Meiselas said it has never been more important to be a witness.What is striking about Meiselas is the coolness of her gaze in face of the terrible.The image made its subject a hero, and was quickly adopted not only by the victorious Sandinistas to adorn everything from matchboxes to T-shirts but also in American propaganda to attack the "commie" revolutionaries.
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