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photographer/writer : miriam.berkley@mac.com
Miriam Berkley
Miriam Berkley Photography

I am a literary photographer specializing in author photographs for book jackets, publicity use, and publication in newspapers, magazines, film, television, and on web sites and in Ebooks. I have licensed my photographs to publishers on every continent, and have an extensive archive dating back to the late 1980s of more than one thousand writers, among them many Scandinavians, Latin Americans and Spaniards, as well as science fiction writers.

An official photographer for the Sewanee Writers Conference for thirty years (1990-2019), I have a broad range of writers conference imagery.
I am available for photographic assignments, with or without accompanying text, and can travel domestically or internationally.

Photographs of Ian McEwan, Stephen Hawking, Doris Lessing, William Gaddis, Donald Barthelme, Martin Amis and China Achebe are among my photographs which have served as front cover art.

Before turning to photography full-time in 1989, I wrote book reviews, author interviews, publisher profiles and photography articles and reviews for such publications as Publishers Weekly, The New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, The Villager, Saturday Review, Popular Photography and American Photographer, which also published my full-page-plus photograph of Andreas Feininger.

I was the recipient of an NEH grant for journalists through which I participated in a month-long seminar with Henry Nash Smith at the University of California, Berkeley, received a 1984 Merit Award from the Art Directors Club (1984) for my text to the story "Volcano," in Popular Photography magazine, and won a Scholarship in Non-Fiction to the 1984 Bread Loaf Writers Conference.

In addition to my literary portraits and publishing event photography, I have a large stock of cityscapes, mainly of New York,and of other New York images suitable for editorial use or or for book jacket art. A 1994 trip to Cuba, where I had an exhibition of author photographs, yielded a large number of Cuban street shots and portraits.


years experience: 30
SKILLS
Proofreading, Copy editing, Writing, Photoshop, Illustration/photography
MOST RECENT PROJECTS
Robert Hass photograph for jacket and PR for Summer Snow W.W. Norton, January 2020).
BEST-KNOWN PROJECTS
Stephen Hawking portrait used for publicity for original US publication of A Brief History of Time.