Marisa Scheinfeld was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1980 and raised in the Catskills. She took her first black and white photography class at age 15. In 2002, she graduated from The State University of New York at Albany having studied under photographer Phyllis Galembo and photographer Abby Robinson at The School of Visual Arts.
From 2002 - 2003 she was an intern in the Community Programs Department at The International Center of Photography. In 2003 Marisa moved out west and worked in the Education Department of the Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA) in San Diego, CA for four years; primarily teaching the museum’s various photography outreach programs and curating educational exhibitions.
In 2009, she was accepted into the graduate program at The School of Art, Art History and Design at San Diego State University and over the course of her studies worked with Arthur Ollman, photographer and founding director of MoPA, photographer Kim Stringfellow and Dr. Carol McCusker, Curator of Photography at the Harn Museum at the University of Florida, Gainesville. Scheinfeld received her Master of Fine Arts in the spring of 2011 and relocated back to her home state of New York.
Marisa's work is highly motivated by her interest in ruins, or sites and the histories embedded in them. Her projects have taken her from the United States to Israel, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, India and most recently her own backyard. Her photographic projects and books are among the collections of Yeshiva University Museum, The National Yiddish Book Center, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art & Life, The Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, CA, The La Jolla Athenaeum in La Jolla, CA, The Edmund and Nancy K. Dubois Library at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, CA, Lynn Kroll, and The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation in New York, NY.
Marisa is a frequent guest lecturer and her photographs have been exhibited widely throughout the United States and in the UK. Her work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Slate Magazine, Yahoo Travel, Village Voice, The Jerusalem Post, American Photography, Tablet Magazine and The Jewish Daily Forward.
On October 4, 2016, Cornell University Press released her first book entitled The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America's Jewish Vacationland. Marisa is currently working on her second book.