Susan Huszar

Susan Huszar was born and raised in Toronto. As a child, she enjoyed art, nature and having as many pets as her parents would allow in the house. One of her favorite books was The Four Chinese Brothers. She loved the part where the brother swallowed the entire sea and then stood on the shore, his cheeks bulging with water, as the little boy ran about collecting hundreds of ocean treasures.

It wasn’t until her late teens that Sue became interested in photography. At the age of seventeen she attended an inspiring photo show of candid black-and-white work at a Toronto gallery. She quickly enrolled in a course at the Ontario College of Art—and her life as a photographer began. From the minute Sue picked up a camera and headed out with her first roll of black-and-white film, she developed a passion for photographing people. Sue loves documentary work, street photography and black-and-white portraiture. She has taken inspiration from the work of Mary Ellen Mark, Diane Arbus and Sally Mann—from the intensity, passion, honesty and beauty of their photography.

Sue has contributed the photographs for the eighteen titles in the award-winning Talk-about-Books series of board books. Each photo depicts children, their families, friends, and lives, in the innocently inspiring world they inhabit. Sue spends days with the children she is photographing, taking pictures and capturing them in their natural environment; her photographs are never posed. 

Sue lives in a suburb of Boston with her two boys, Matt and Lucas and a grey hound name Mya. Sue is involved with volunteer work for an organization called Animals as Intermediaries. They take animals, art and nature into institutions where they use carefully designed programs, employing metaphors and a hands-on approach, to help bring about a sense of connection and trust associated with memories of nature and the past. Her hobbies include carving wood into animals and people, and making scarecrows in her backyard. Sue runs a photography studio, where she specializes in black-and-white portraits of children and animals.