Susan Merrell

Susan Merrell

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  Artist: Susan Merrell
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Susan Merrell Artist Bio:

"My earliest memory of loving photography was when I was 11-years-old, and waited in the garage for the mailman to deliver pictures processed by Kodak," said Susan Merrell, a forth-generation San Franciscan, and documentary and fine art photographer in the Bay Area since 1989. "I felt pure joy on that particular day, as the mailman pushed the bulky yellow and white envelope through the mail slot on the garage door, and that I was lucky to be there to grab the precious, yet unseen photos before they hit the ground. "I don't remember what I photographed as a kid that I was so excited about. But I realized years later having felt that same satisfaction -- anticipating what an image would look like -- countless times as an artist and professional photographer, that it didn't matter. It's the creative process, the journey and doing what makes us happy, what takes us out of ourselves, that is what life is about." Merrell clarified that she does want to get a good shot. "I try to 'find the holy in the mundane,' she said. A photographer whose name I can't remember said that years ago, and it turns out he was quoting Judaism. That wisdom has helped me relax in my work, and treat every shoot as if it were the most important I could ever be doing at the moment." Her projects range from birds, nudes and street themes, to university publicity images. Merrell has received several photography awards, including grand prize in a Peninsula Magazine photo contest in 1991, and a visiting artist residency at the American Academy in Rome, in 1999. As a staff photographer for the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), she placed in the top 10 in the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions print competition, in 2006. Merrell's images have appeared in numerous local, national and international online and print publications, including: The Wall Street Journal, NPR.org, ABC and FOX networks, Bloomberg, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, METRO Newspapers, the journal Nature, and California History magazine. Merrell is currently a UCSF photographer, and continues her documentary and fine art projects. ### Susan Merrell c. 415-912-6398 [email protected]