ARTIST: Mary Catherine Messner

Mary Catherine Messner is a photographer living in New York City. She left a long nancial career in 2015 and is now immersed in the craft of creating visual stories. Not tied to any one genre of photography, Mary Catherine’s body of work celebrates everyday life and the beauty of ordinary things. Her last project focused on the tribal peoples of the eastern Indian state of Odisha, documenting tribal culture before it fully transitions from its traditional past into modern society.

A selection of her Tribal Odisha images received honorable mentions in four categories of the 14th Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers and were included in the Award’s Collective Exhibition at FotoNostrum Gallery of Barcelona, Spain in March, 2020. Her images of everyday life in Kolkata and Varanasi, India were similarly honored by the 13th Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers in October, 2019. Also in 2019, Mary Catherine’s series “Travelers of the Indian Railways” was chosen for publication in the last Seeing in Sixes photography book published by Brooks Jensen of Lenswork Magazine.

Mary Catherine’s work was exhibited in the New York Salmagundi Club's Open Exhibition in both 2019 and 2018, awarded a certicate of merit in 2018. She also participated in the B&H Portfolio Development Program from 2015-2019, with her projects exhibited in the Program's juried exhibition in 2016, 2017, and 2019 at the Soho Photo Gallery, New York City.