Mary Berridge's photographs have been exhibited in many galleries and museums including the Museum of Modern Art in NY, The M.H. de Young Memorial Museum in San Francisco and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. Her work has also been shown in the less traditional venues of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the United Nations and the Open Society Foundation. She is interested in how people find meaning in challenging circumstances.
Mary has received several awards- among them are: a Guggenheim Fellowship, a NY Foundation for the Arts Artist's Fellowship, the Lange-Taylor Prize, an Aaron Siskind Individual Photographer’s Fellowship and a Documentary Project Fund Established Artist Award. She has published two books: A Positive Life: Portraits of Women Living with HIV (Running Press, 1997 ), and On the Eve, Moscow, 1998 (Blue Sky Books, 2014). Her photographs have been published in numerous anthologies and periodicals, including The NY Times Magazine, Harper’s and Raw View. After earning her MFA from Yale and a BA from the University of Michigan, Mary went on to teach at Princeton University as well as several other colleges and universities.
Mary lives in Chapel Hill, NC, where she is working on a book about autism and neurodiversity. She serves on the board of the NC Autism Society's Orange-Chatham chapter, and is a member of the Special Needs Advisory Council for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School District.
TIME magazine recently included Mary in a list of "unsung American female photographers of the past century".
*On the Eve, Moscow, 1998 is available from BlueSkyGallery.org/books.
"In the spring and summer of 1998, as the Yeltsin era slouched towards its ungainly demise, Mary Berridge roamed the streets and parks of Moscow and its environs and shot a series of pictures that capture the contradictions of a society at once enjoying a still novel freedom and yearning for a new compass."