Narrative Biography

I have been taking pictures since I was a teenager, growing up in Queens, New York. I earned a BFA from Cooper Union in 1982 and after working a 3-year stint as an illustrated book designer at Viking Press/Penguin Books, I left graphic design and worked as a photographer. Early on, I won two grants, a NYSCA and a collaborative NEA for documentaries which resulted in two separate exhibitions in public venues, the Queens historical Society and the New York Municipal Art Society, respectively.

In 1986 I opened my first commercial photo studio and shot a series of national campaign fashion ads that appeared in Vogue, Elle and Vanity Fair among other magazines. i also shot editorial and catalogs, mostly for fashion clients. Later, I began to shoot still life and worked commercially while returning to my fine art roots and shot images that would make up a new body of work, an installation called See My Voice.

The installation showed in Ohio and The Netherlands, again, in public venues. I closed the studio to fulfill an artist residency I won in Germany and continued exhibiting, cutting back on shooting commercially. To fund my projects, I worked as an editorial production manager for consumer magazines. I returned to school to get my graduate degree from The School of Visual Arts and went to Oklahoma to photograph the national pipeline and tank farm network after 9/11. With the fellowship I won form The Puffin Foundation to continue with my mutli-media installaiton work, I went to the Gulf Coast to photograph the remnants of the shipbuilding industry after Katrina. This installation is still in the works.

If an interesting commissioned project would arise, I'd take it on. One of these was a museum commission for the Columbia County Historical Society. I was asked to document the industrial architecture of the county which resulted in an exhibition to accompany the written documentary by a Columbia Country historian called "Looking For Work". The beautifully curated show opened in 2007 in Kinderhook, New York.

Currently, I'm working on my fine art projects, occasionally shooting commercial jobs and freelancing as a production director.

To see the fine art work, please visit http://anitagiraldo.net.