Mary Frey received her MFA in photography from Yale University in 1979. Since then, she has been on the faculty of the Hartford Art School and is currently Professor of Photography. Frey received numerous awards for her work, most notably a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1984 and two photography fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1980 and 1992. She was the recipient of a Te Foundation Fellowship in 2004. During the 1994 – 95 academic year Mary Frey was the Harnish Visiting Artist at Smith College, Northampton, MA, and in the spring of 2001 she completed an artist’s residency at the Burren College of Art, County Clare, Ireland. Her work has been exhibited extensively and is part of many public and private collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Chicago Art Institute and the International Polaroid Collection. Much of Frey’s work addresses the nature of the documentary image in contemporary culture. Currently she is working with the nineteenth century wet plate collodion process, producing ambrotypes on black glass. Frey's work is represented by Gallery 291 in San Francisco.