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 and hasn't put the camera down since. In 2002, she graduated from The State University of New York at Albany having studied under photographer Phyllis Galembo and photographer Abby Robinson from The Pratt Institute and 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, but in her time there wore many hats. 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 previous director of MoPA, sculptor Richard Keely, photographer Kim Stringfellow and Dr. Carol McCusker, an independent curator of photography.
Scheinfeld's work is motivated by an interest in the ruin, or site, and the histories embedded within them. Her projects have taken her from the United States to Israel, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and India. She is an advocate of the power of the photographic image to educate and encourage awareness. Her photographic projects and books are in the collections of 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 and The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation. Scheinfeld received her MFA in the Spring of 2011 and shortly after relocated back to her home of New York. She is currently living in the Lower East Side.