Nancy A Scherl Is a fine art portrait photographer who draws from documentary and pictorial genres. In her long-term series, ‘Closed n’ Counters’ (work in progress), Nancy’s humanized portraits of staff workers capture their emotions while they are working behind counters (restaurant, bar, hotel counters and desks) which conceptualizes work boundaries. This series focuses on workers in the restaurant and hospitality industry but also includes aspects of corporate America. Though this series is not a sequel, it relates to her recently published book, DINING ALONE In the Company of Solitude ( go here )published by Daylight Books) released June 1st, 2022. In her DINING ALONE series, Nancy used peopled restaurant interiors focusing on lone diners, as a metaphor to visually explore the complexities of solitude.

Nancy completed an MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media at New York City’s School of Visual Arts, following her undergraduate studies in documentary and fine art photography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers, where she served as a board member from 2016 to 2019, President Emerita on the board of the Katonah Museum Artists’ Association (KMAA) in Katonah, New York.


Among other honors, Nancy’s work earned a place as Overall Winner in the 2022 Worldwide Photography Gala Awards, 18th Julia Margaret Cameron Award (JMCA), a place in the 2021 Worldwide Photography Gala Awards’ 16th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards (JMCA) and Photolucida’s 2018 Critical Mass Top 200. She received two first-place awards in the 2016 Mos- cow International Foto Awards and a bronze award in the 2016 Tokyo International Foto Awards. Her work has appeared in numerous shows, including the A Smith Gallery Portraits exhibition in 2020; South x Southeast 2020’s Photogallery; the Katonah Museum of Art’s Tri-State Juried Exhibition Signals in Katonah, New York, in 2018; and the Katonah Museum Artists’ Association juried show Time and Place at the Hammond Museum in North Salem, New York, in 2015.

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