Born 1979, Eli Mergel lives and works in New Orleans.
Eli began his photography career in New York City in the early 2000s, just when digital photography started taking off. His photography in New York, including panoramas of the city, has been featured in TV shows, commercials, magazines, and books.
After moving to New Orleans in 2011, Eli immersed himself in the city’s famous street and nightlife culture. Instead of showcasing buildings and skylines as he did in New York, Eli now focuses on what makes New Orleans truly unique: its people.
My Own Words:
I believe you’re an ambassador of your time and place if you choose to take photos. You have a duty to show the world you see in the light you want it portrayed. I choose to showcase the amazing human spirit that exists here against all odds. -Eli Mergel