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Melissa Spitz is an internationally recognized photographer, who is best known for her work about her mentally ill mother.

Melissa Spitz (b.1988) is a working artist from St. Louis, Missouri, who currently resides in New York City.

She received her BFA from the University of Missouri-Columbia and her MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Melissa is the recipient of Magnum's Inge Morath Award, recognizing a female photographer under the age of 30. She was named Instagram Photographer of 2017 by TIME Magazine and recently received an honorable mention from the Photographic Museum of Humanity for the 2018 Women Photographers Grant.

Melissa closed her first solo exhibition at the SCAD Museum of Art in the Spring of 2018. Her work continues to circulate internationally, most recently in Politiken, a leading Danish newspaper. Forbes Magazine described her work as ‘Shocking’. “I say shocking in a good way. Seeing the work felt like standing up in a crowd to make a speech, expecting to be shouted down, only to have a stranger defend you passionately. It was shocking because of its goodness.”


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