Melissa O’Shaughnessy was born in 1960 in Minneapolis, Minnesota and studied at Georgetown University and the University of St. Thomas, graduating with a degree in journalism. She is now a New York City based photographer. Her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions and publications, and her work is included in the book Bystander: A History of Street Photography.
She is a member of UP Photographers, a collective of 27 international street photographers. Her first monograph, Perfect Strangers: New York City Street Photographs, will be published by Aperture in October, 2020.