Born in Israel, I am a graduate of the School of Visual Arts’ Photography Department, and have lived and worked in New York City for over a decade.

I offer freelance photography services specializing in food and still life product photography. I maintain a small studio in Midtown Manhattan, equipped with the most advanced camera and lighting technology. This  studio can turn mobile, as I am available for on-location assignments.

Working with a wide range of clients, I am highly experienced in capturing a range of reflective products, small objects, and challenging textures. I enjoy lighting and styling each image, and take pride in the clean aesthetics of my work. I also offer retouching and post-production services.

Some of my clients include: TriBeCa Film Festival, Delta Airlines, Nike, Honda Acura,, MKG, It Cosmetics, Zagat Survey, and Murray’s Cheese, among others.


Maya Barkai spent her military service in the Israeli Defense Forces as a photojournalist for the IDF Official Magazine, ‘BaMachaneh’. Her photographs have been exhibited worldwide, and she is the recipient of the National Press Photographers Foundation Grant. Barkai’s work was included in the Sony World Photography Awards, Quest and W Magazines, the Dancing Bear Collection, the George Eastman House Photography Museum, and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

Maya Barkai is the creator of Walking Men Worldwide, a series of Public Art installations around the world. Her recent exhibitions include Walking Men 99™ in Downtown Manhattan (2010-2013), and followed by a series of installations including Walking Men PERMM (2010), a public art installation in collaboration with the PERMM Museum of Contemporary Art in Russia, The Banner Gallery as part of the Art & About Festival in Sydney (2013), and in conjunction with Walk 21 Sydney, Australia (2014), and most recently Walking Men Buenos Aires (2015). Additional projects include Men At Work (2010), which was on display at the Bat-Yam International Biennale of Landscape Urbanism in Israel, followed by the installation of Men At Work NYC (2011-2012), which wrapped around the construction of 4 World Trade Center.