Seth Greenwald holds an MA in Media Studies, from the New School, and a BFA in Photography, from Parsons School of Design, where he was privileged to have studied with some of the luminaries of 20th Century photography, including Lillian Bassman, Benedict Fernandez, Art Kane, and Arthur Rothstein. Throughout his final year of school Greenwald was employed by Richard Avedon.
From 2002 through 2015, Greenwald was a faculty member of the undergraduate photography program at the School of Visual Arts.
From 1999 through 2013, Greenwald was Assistant Professor in the Visual & Performing Arts department of The New School.
Additionally, from 2005 through 2007, he taught at The New York Open Center.
In 2012, Dear Dave magazine featured Greenwald’s essay on the work of Asger Carlsen.
In 2009, he penned the catalog for Identity : Identities, a group exhibition hosted by the Aperture Gallery. That year he also contributed commentaries to the catalog for Basically Human: Conditional Identities/Conditional Spaces, a collaboration between the School of Visual Arts and the American University in Dubai.
In 2003, the British journal, Pictured, commissioned his article, By Degrees, assessing the state of photographic higher education.
From 1997 through 2001, Greenwald was employed by the commercial picture agency Photonica, eventually serving as Director of Photography. The collection of images he helped cultivate was published in a dozen catalogs distributed throughout the world and was routinely used by the most recognized names in advertising and media.
Greenwald's photographs are in the permanent collection of the New York Historical Society.
His work was featured in solo exhibitions at the Middle Collegiate Church and Synchronicity Space, both in New York. Group shows included The Danforth Gallery, in Montana, (curated by Rosamond Purcell), The Berkshire Museum, (curated by André Emmerich), and Anne Arundel Community College, in Maryland.
HIs work for Metropolis magazine was included in the Graphis Design Annual and The Photo District News granted him their Photo/Design Award for the cover of A Fleeting Sorrow, the internationally bestselling novel by Françoise Sagan.