Meryl Schenker

Business Documentary-Workers

“Meryl can find beauty, humanity and story anywhere she points her camera's lens. I managed her state contract after she won a competitive bid to take pictures of Washington workers doing some of the state's toughest jobs. She gave us unforgettable portraits of the "ordinary" people who daily harvest our crops, care for the disabled, build our houses and work in our factories. These photographs are on permanent display in lobby of the Department of Labor and Industries in Tumwater. They also are a key part of our graphic identity, appearing in many of our publications and presentations. We never tire of looking at them.” -Dana Howard Botka, June 21, 2009

Onion Harvest
Foundry Worker
Coffee Maker
Construction Worker
Cherry picker in Yakima Valley, Washington.
Cherry Picker
Cherry Picker
Boeing Worker
Boeing worker
Fifth generation Lynden farmer Shawn Langley walks among his 180 dairy cows on the land his great-grandfather homesteaded in the late 1800's. A few years ago, he and his wife Clarissa converted their dairy, Fresh Breeze, to certified organic.
Justin Neidermeyer, chef/owner of Spinasse, makes ravioli at his Seattle restaurant on September 19, 2008.
Annie, center, and Jeff Shiffer, right, from Spokane, WA., follow instructions to sniff the sample wines at Chateau Ste. Michelle winery on September 17, 2007 in Woodinville, WA.