Melissa O’Shaughnessy was born in 1960 in Minneapolis, Minnesota and studied at Georgetown University and the University of St. Thomas, graduating with a degree in journalism. She is now a photographer based in New York City. Her work has been featured in numerous international exhibitions and publications, and is also included in the book “Bystander: A History of Street Photography and the recently published Women Street Photographers“.
She is a member of UP Photographers, a collective of 24 international street photographers.
Her first monograph, “Perfect Strangers: New York City Street Photographs,” was published by Aperture in October, 2020.
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