BARBARA MERRITT PHOTOGRAPHY

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Ever since I was gifted a Pentax K1000 back in 1994 my conscious life has been driven by the world of
photographic imagery.  Immediately, the science and manipulation of film chemistry and the philosophy of
imagery had me hooked.  Since then, current digital revelations in photography keep me intrigued with
possibilities I have yet to even imagine, although I’m working on this in my unconscious life .
 
I graduated from New York State University at Regents in 1989 but most of my schooling was spent at
Thiel College and Cleveland State studying studio art and art history.  Post grad studies specifically in
photography were continued at the Cleveland Institute of Art.    
 
I started my own business in Tremont around the year 2000.  With a studio, a dark room and a gallery I was
able to curate several shows with some stellar Cleveland artists.  I feel incredibly lucky to have had this
time in the earlier days of the Tremont Artwalk, the memories continue to inspire me. 
 
After living in Chicago for few years and a change of scenery, I am back in my favorite city participating in
several shows and events as well maintaining my business Barbara Merritt Photography which specializes
in portraits, events and corporate installations.  
 
The current exhibit at the Brandt Gallery is inspired by my love for movies.  Although I have never worked
within the moving picture genre, I am continually mesmerized by it.  This series is a short story in itself and
I’m hoping the viewer can fill in the blank spots with their own creativity.  In my mind it conveys the story
of innocence, corruption of innocence and the drive to regain that innocence in the end.   
 
The still image has saved my life again and again.  I am eternally grateful for the gifts it bestows on my
psyche. 
 
Current and past exhibitions:
 
1995 Artbar (Metropolis), group exhibition, Cleveland, Ohio
  1997 Tremont Art Walk, Edisons, Solo Show, Cleveland, Ohio
  1998 Kelly Randall Gallery, Cleveland Ohio
  2000 Euclid Arcade group exhibition, Cleveland, Ohio
  2002 Merritt Photo Studios Group Show, Cleveland, Ohio
  2003 Merritt Photo Studios Group Show, Cleveland, Ohio
  2004 Tremont Art Walk, Doubting Thomas Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio
  2006 The Common Space, “Fragile and Frail Are We”, Chicago, Illinois
  2011 The 50/50 show at 78th Street Studios, Cleveland, Ohio
  2011 Canoe Club, Marblehead, Ohio
  2011 The Nest, Tremont, Cleveland
  2012 The Greenhouse Tavern, “Respect the Bike”, Cleveland, Ohio (current)
  2012 The 50/50 show at The Dredger’s Union, Cleveland, Ohio
  2012 The Brandt Gallery "TwoCannons and an Icon" Opening July 13th, 2012
 
  2011 Published photos in “Films and Grains” Magazine, Issue 2