Born in Houston, Texas in 1945, Suzanne Paul received her BFA from the University of Houston in 1968 and did graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley. In the 1960s, Paul became a political activist for anti-war and civil rights causes. In Houston, she photographed for the feminist magazine Breakthrough in the late 1970s. She has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Fort Worth Art Museum, the Galveston Arts Center and the University of California, San Francisco. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions including Collaborations: Artists Working Together in Houston at the Glassell School of Art and Texas Artists at the Charles Cowles Gallery in New York. In 1981, Paul received a National Endowment for the Arts Photo Survey Grant. Her photographic works have been featured in both solo and group presentations by FotoFest International since its founding in 1983, and her work has been shown in a number of exhibitions at Deborah Colton Gallery, including at a memorial service in her honor in 2005.