Susan Derges is best known for her pioneering technique of capturing the continuous flow of water by submerging photographic paper directly into rivers or shorelines underneath the night sky. She, along with fellow contemporaries Adam Fuss, Christopher Bucklow and Garry Fabian Miller, is internationally recognized for revitalizing the camera-less photography movement in the 1980s and 90s with the injection of dramatic scale, bold color and inventive process. Recently, the artist began experimenting with new digital tools to combine camera and camera-less methods to create ambiguous, evocative imagery unhinged from the constraints of the concrete, external world.
Her work is in the collections of museums around the world including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Victoria and Albert Museum, London; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and The Hara Art Museum Tokyo. Notable international group exhibitions include Shadows on the Wall: Cameraless Photography from 1851 to Today at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston; Shadowcatchers at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London and Water at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris.
The artist lives and works in Devon, England.