Jeff Mermelstein thinks of his photography as a cross between photojournalism and voyeuristic street photography. Mermelstein, who studied biology, makes photographic series that document and classify his subjects. For example, “Twirl” (2001-09) presents images of women Mermelstin encountered twirling their hair; “Run” (1995-2009) is a collection of near-portraits featuring strangers as they dash between destinations. With regards to these categorized suites of photographs, Mermelstein explains: “I generally do not have a theme when in the act of photographing. Themes emerge after the photographs begin to accumulate.” His constantly expanding list of influences includes Diane Arbus, William Eggleston, Weegee, and Garry Winogrand.