Mercedes Jelinek (b. 1985 New Haven, CT) is an American artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. She specializes in black and white portraiture, and her primary medium of choice is photography, but she often adds painting and collage to many of her final pieces. Her curiosity about the variety of humanity drives the visual narratives in her work. The resulting projects reflect her personal connection and collaboration with her subjects. Her most recent work revolves around ideas of community, identity, and redefined purpose. Mercedes has also worked at several universities and schools teaching photography throughout the United States and Italy.