Moved by a Buddy Guy and Junior Wells album she heard in high school, Margo started hanging out in the blues clubs around New England in the early nineties. She met and photographed many blues giants including, Jimmy Rogers, Hubert Sumlin, Jr. Wells, Pinetop Perkins, and other members of Muddy Waters bands over the decades, always wondering and exploring: what was life like for blues musicians and their families in Mississippi? What had it been like to grow up during the days of segregation and sharecropping? 

Beginning in 1997, Margo began wandering the back roads of Mississippi, photographing and recording oral histories along the way. Margo is a contributing writer and photographer for Living Blues. Photographs from Margo’s project, Deep Inside the Blues, have been exhibited at the University of Connecticut and the National Heritage Museum.

Since 1993, Margo has also been following the lives of two families in rural Maine. This documentary project received a Juror’s Award from Debra Kao and was shown at the Photographic Resource Center Members Exhibition. Jonathan Blaustein recently featured the series on his blog, “A Photo Editor Posts”.

Margo was a Finalist for Artadia Awards and a two-time Finalist for the Ruttenberg Arts Foundation Award. Margo received a local arts council grant, and her Project, “Photographic Exhibition including Music and Literature”, was selected as an exemplary project by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Margo’s photographs have received numerous awards and been selected for shows juried by Maxwell Anderson, Catherine Edelman, Emmet Gowin, Karen Haas, Anne Havinga, Barbara Head Millstein, Phillip Prodger and Kathy Ryan, among others, since 1997.

Margo studied at The Maine Photography Workshops. She took a workshop with Jerry Berndt in 1994 and was lucky enough to have his support and encouragement through the years. She also took a workshop with the beloved Sylvia Plachy in 2013. Sylvia helped Margo edit and sequence the series, “Deep Inside the Blues”.

In addition to her photography, Margo has served as a New Hampshire Public Defender. She has been practicing as a lawyer and guardian ad litem in juvenile court since the early nineties.


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