Susan Paulsen was born in 1957 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and now lives and works in New York. She received a BA in photography and painting from Ohio Wesleyan University. In 2004 she had a solo exhibition at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris.
Paulsen’s images explore her existence now – children playing Scrabble, freshly cut roses, gamboling dogs – they also concern memory and family history.
As William Meyers wrote of one of Paulsen's photographs in the Wall Street Journal, "The picture is so casual, so free of gimmicks, it seems to have taken itself, which is precisely the hardest of artistic accomplishments."