Miriam Berkley, Photographer/Writer

Author Photos, Editorial Images, Art Photography

Fran Leibowitz

Keith Waldrop at the National Book Awards © Miriam Berkley

Gay Talese

Rian Malan

Christine Schutt at the Sewanee Writers Conference

Michael Ondaatje

Nuruddin Farah

Marie Ponsot and Marilyn Hacker

Eif Shafak

John Ashbery at home, 1975

John Ashbery at home, 1975

John Ashbery, around 2000.

Gamal al Ghitany (also spelled al-Gitani)

Angela Carter

Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer, 1980s.

Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer, 1980s

Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer Tomas Tranströmer, 1980s

Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer Tomas Tranströmer, 1980s

Patricia Highsmith, late 1980s

Ali Smith, winner of the 2014 Costa Award, photographed in 1992

Kent Haruf

Jacqueline Woodson accepting her National Book Award from Sharon Draper.

Novelist Phil Klay and his NBA Fiction award acceptance speech.

Geraldine Brooks giving Phil Klay his National Book Award.

Ursula K. Le Guin at the National Book Awards

Neil Gaiman at the 2014 National Book Awards

Emily St. John Mandel

Neil Gaiman Presents the National Book Award to Ursula K. Le Guin

Gillian Flynn

Joyce Carol Oates

Helen Rappaport, whose most recent book is The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra

Preston Merchant, Photographer

Literary Agent Sterling Lord

Geoff Dyer, author most recently of Another Great Day at Sea.

Anne Olivier Bell at Home

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Gabriel Garcia Marquez and his literary agent Carmen Balcells

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Rolando Hinojosa-Smith

Leo Damrosch

Walter Mosley

Maxine Kumin (1925-2014)

Silvio Rodriguez and his wife musician Niurka González

Pete Seeger with Cuban singer Silvio Rodriguez in 2010

Maya Angelou at the 2013 National Book Awards

Jhumpa Lahiri at the 2013 National Book Awards

Louis D. Rubin in 1990 with authors Larry Brown, Clyde Edgerton and Richard Marius.

Miriam Berkley Photo © Candido Martinez

Below are selected author photographs. All are © Miriam Berkley and may be used only with permission. Full-sized versions of these images for publication may be obtained, with the payment of fees, from the photographer. For a complete list of writers photographed to date, please click on the "My Works" link.

Margaret Atwood

Tillie Olsen

David Ferry

Grace Paley

Peter Stamm

Benjamin Percy, aged 26

Sidney Wade

X. J. Kennedy

John Weir

Robert Hass

Ellen Douglas

Peter Nadas

Michael Connelly

Arturo Pérez-Reverte

James Wood

William Gaddis

Dennis Lehane

Audrey Schulman

Mikhail Shishkin

Lionel Shriver

Eugene Cross

Eavan Boland

Lewis 'Buddy' Nordan

Dana Gioia

Rick Moody

John Hollander at the Sewanee Writers Conference.

Caitlin Horrocks

Léopold Sédar Senghor

Pico Iyer

Per-Olov Enquist

Carol Emshwiller

Nancy Morejon

Antonio Munoz-Molina and Elvira Lindo

William Gay

Bei Dao

Dagoberto Gilb

Aryn Kyle

John Casey

Orhan Pamuk

Leslie Marmon Silko

Horton Foote

James Salter

José Saramago

Javier Sierra

Doris Lessing

Bharati Mukherjee

Neil Jordan

Alexander Cockburn

Margaret Atwood and Marilyn French

William Styron and dog

James Wood

Zadie Smith after the NBCC Awards reading

Tariq Ali

Amos Oz

Andrew Solomon and editor Nan Graham embracing after his NBCC Award win is announced

Donald Barthelme

Laura Van Den Berg

Germaine Greer

Harlan Coben

Padgett Powell

Denise Mina

Samuel R. Delaney

David Mitchell

Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

Doris Betts

Mario Vargas Llosa

Lillian Faderman


The Strand bookstore families, 12 Street and Broadway

Kayaking at Hudson River Park

Black and white abstract

The moon beside the house.

Puddle reflection

Snow Leopard.

Adult giraffe and young

East African Crowned Crane

Two-year-old Lion Brothers, Bronx Zoo

Whooper Swans

Pere David's deer, Bronx Zoo.

Peacock hen and chicks

Nyala female and fawn, The Bronx Zoo.

White-naped Cranes

I am a literary photographer specializing in author photographs for book jackets, publicity use, and publication in newspapers, magazines, film, television, and on web sites and Ebooks. I have licensed my author photographs to publishers on every continent, and have an extensive archive dating back to the late 1980s of more than one thousand writers, among them many Scandinavians, Latin Americans and Spaniards.

An official photographer for the Sewanee Writers Conference, I have been photographing Sewanee people and events since the inception of the Conference in 1990.
I am available for photographic assignments, with or without accompanying text, and can travel domestically or internationally.

Photographs of Ian McEwan, Stephen Hawking, Doris Lessing, William Gaddis, Donald Barthelme, Andrew Hudgins are among my photographs which have served as front cover art.

Before turning to photography full-time in 1989, I wrote book reviews, author interviews, publisher profiles and photography articles and reviews for such publications as Publishers Weekly, The New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, The Villager, Saturday Review, Popular Photography and American Photographer, which also published my full-page-plus photograph of Andreas Feininger.

I was the recipient of an NEH grant for journalists through which I participated in a month-long seminar with Henry Nash Smith at the University of California, Berkeley, received a 1984 Merit Award from the Art Directors Club (1984) for my text to the story "Volcano," in Popular Photography magazine, and won a Scholarship in Non-Fiction to the 1984 Bread Loaf Writers Conference.

In addition to my literary portraits and publishing event photography, I have a large stock of cityscapes, especially of New York, including photos of New York's bridges and waterways, and of photojournalistic imagery a.k.a. "street shooting." A 1994 trip to Cuba, where I had an exhibition of author photographs, yielded a large number of Cuban street shots and portraits.

Here are some of my non-author images available for exhibition, purchase as limited edition prints, or for license as book cover art or editorial use. To see other work, please enquire.

Selected Writing

Book Review by Miriam Berkley in Chicago Tribune 3/23/86
Book Review
Short Review by Miriam Berkley published in The New York Times Book Review
Interview with author
This is an interview with me as an author photographer. You will also find here my most recent list of authors photographed - more than a thousand names from every continent - among them Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes. I have many excellent and never-before seen images of Fuentes, with photo shoots in the late 1980s and again in 2007, and a few other pictures taken in between.

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