A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Maria Schriber graduated from Brown University with a degree in American Studies in 2002. While in college, she attended the Eddie Adams Photojournalism Workshop, was the photo editor of the Brown Daily Herald, and photo-documented the inaugural year of Ruth Simmons's presidency at Brown.
In 2004, after interning for Mary Ellen Mark, working at the International Center of Photography, and freelance photo assisting, she drove across country with sculptor Elyse Graham, producing a body of work that would be the core of her ongoing America project. That year, she also worked for the non-profit organization, New Yorkers for Parks, on a photo documentary about parks throughout the five boroughs of New York. Maria currently lives in Los Angeles and received her MFA in photography from the California Institute of the Arts in 2009.