From an early age Yvette Meltzer understood the value and power of photography to keep people close.  Her deceased paternal grandparents stood side by side in a hinged double frame poised on her father’s nightstand, moving her to begin taking photos of her family and friends.  

Photography  began as a simple chronicle of her life and has evolved into a practice that anchors her energy and keeps her engaged in observing the rich and detailed world around her.  Her passion for photography grew along with her successful career in education and social services until  more recently becaming her primary focus.

Her award-winning photography reflects her interest in people, the narratives of their lives, and the environments that shape them.  Based in Chicago, her photographs have been exhibited in galleries nationwide and in publications internationally. Her work is held in various private collections.

At the end of the day she considers herself successful as a photographer if she has

  • motivated people to be curious and to think
  • empowered the subjects of her photographs
  • created congruency between her values and her photography
  • added pleasure for people through her aesthetics