Portrait taken by Workshop Student, Holly Gilbride

Portrait taken by Workshop Student, Holly Gilbride

Meryl Spiegel is an award-winning Long Island photographer and artist who explores the human spirit and the wonders that surround us. Relentlessly curious, her subjects range from street life to landscapes and seascapes to figurative work, while recent imagery crosses into abstraction. Several years ago, Meryl began drawing and painting, primarily with pastels. In her new series, LOOKING AFTER US and FISHNET, she adds a spiritual dimension to her work by hand.

Recently, she was invited to exhibit her photography at the Venice Biennale 2019—one of the most prestigious art festivals in the world. And a new image, Fountain Play, received Honorable Mention from the international Julia Margaret Cameron GALA Awards. In 2016, two of her collections, PHANTOMS and SPLASH were awarded as Nominees by the Fine Art Photography Awards (FAFA).

Working with digital and medium-format cameras, Meryl's imagery looks more like paintings than photographs. She has exhibited widely on Long Island at a variety of venues including Parrish Art Museum, Art Sites, Ille Arts, Westhampton Performing Arts Gallery, The Islip Museum, St. Joseph’s College, Ashawagh Hall, Southampton Cultural Center, Remsenburg Academy, Quogue Library, and East End Arts Council where she was awarded Best In Show.

Her imagery has appeared in The Southampton Review (TRS) published by Stony Brook University. She has also received several grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA).

Also an educator, Meryl teaches photography as well as yoga—a longtime passion that fuels her creativity. Regularly she conducts photographic workshops. For the second year, the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) will be funding a six-week workshop, Beyond the Snapshot, conducted by Meryl at the Center Moriches Library next fall.

Meryl studied photography at the International Center of Photography (ICP ) and the Center for Media Studies in Manhattan as well as the Image-Ouverte School of Photography in the South of France. A former freelance journalist for The New York Times, she is also a writer with a Masters of Fine Arts in English & Writing.

Visit An Evolving Life, her Blog column in The Hummingbird Post, where Meryl writes about her creative process and what inspires her.