When approached in respect and humility any subject reveals its hidden nature. All of my work is an attempt to coax the invisible to become visible.

From each soul there shines an individual light that replicates the stardust of which all things are made. Many cultures and traditions reflect this understanding. Hindu scholars studied the light from within in the Vedas and Jewish sages wrote of it the mystical text the Kabbalah. My lens extends the wisdom of my soul thoughtfully seeking this inner radiance of my subjects. I carefully search for opportunities where natural light provides the main source, since light is the most essential ingredient of photography. Whenever possible I try to harness the illumination provided by our life-giving star to light my subjects’ own inner spark.

Artist Bio

Susan Schaefer is a writer, poet and journalist who has always turned to photography to document global travels, interactions and relationships. Moving from textual to the visual is an extension of her ability to see deeply into her subjects. She has been photographing for newsprint and other media, including virtual, for many years and continues her studies in the University of Minnesota’s Fine Arts Photography Department.

Recent Shows:

WARM Guerrillas: Feminist Visions, 2/26 -3/12/16

Mpls Photo Center: Chronicles, 11/15 – 1/16

Mpls Photo Center: Versions, 11/15 – 1/16

WARM Bethesda Hospital: 9/15 – 2/16

Mpls Photo Center: Portraits: 7/15 – 10/ 15

NEMAA Fall Fine Art: 9/15 – 10/15

NEMAA Art-A-Whirl: 6/15 – 7/15

UMN Regis Art Center: Anam Çara, 12/14

Mpls Photo Center: The American Way, 9/14 – 12/14

Philadelphia Shambhala Center: Miksang, 6/14 – 8/14


Gathering the Sparks: Words and Images to Heal the World, Muse River Publications ISBN 978-1-36-476627-6, 2015

F-Stop 2015 Member Exhibit, Chronicles, 11/15

Mpls Photo Center, Portraits, 9/15

F-Stop The American Way, 9/14

The Earth Shall Claim Your Limbs, Muse River Publications, 2013


Minneapolis Photo Center

NEMAA (Northeast Minneapolis Artists Association)

WARM (Women’s Art Resources Minnesota)

WCA (Women’s Caucus for the Arts)


Susan Schaefer

Writer Photographer




Minneapolis, MN USA