Photo Credit : Meghan Dhaliwal

Photo Credit : Meghan Dhaliwal

Rachael Cerrotti

(B. 1989, Boston, Massachusetts)

Rachael Cerrotti is an award-winning independent photographer, writer and educator. Her work focuses on documenting stories of grief and resilience with a unique interest in family history.

She holds a degree in Communications from Temple University and is an alumni of The Rothberg International School at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. While living in Israel, she was an intern and contributor to Flash90 Photo Agency, covering cultural and political events throughout the country. In 2013, she was a year-round nature photographer for the YMCA’s Berkshire Outdoor Center.

Her work has been published by Public Radio InternationalNPRCognoscenti (WBUR), Kind World (WBUR)The Boston GlobeImages & Voices of HopeYediot Aharonot (Israel), The Times of IsraelLidové Noviny (Czech Republic), Vlasta (Czech Republic), Travel & Leisure,, and Rewire amongst many others. In 2017, Rachael, was the subject of an award-winning multimedia series produced by WBUR titled Beyond Sides of History

Additionally, her film and photography is featured in the documentaries Flatball - A History of Ultimate (now on Netflix) and Into the North as well as on the cover and in the pages of books such as Hidden Genocide, Hidden People and Friendship In Spite of Hitler.

For nearly a decade, Rachael has been pursuing her long-term project, Follow My Footprints, retracing her grandmother's route of displacement during and in the wake of World War II. She is now writing a book (her first) about this journey. And, after the sudden loss of her young husband in 2016, she began Welcome to Widowhood, a portrait series that tells the stories of women under 40 who have lost their partners. She tells her own grief story on Instagram with #nowawidowstillawife.

She has worked in over a dozen countries and is currently based in Boston. She is available for assignments worldwide.

Awards & Exhibitions

2018 Finalist, Natalia Twersky Educator Award | Jewish Women’s Archive

2018 Associated Press Media Editor’s Award, Excellence and Innovation in Storytelling for Beyond Sides of History : A Series (produced by WBUR)

2018 Edward R. Murrow Award, Excellence in Innovation for Beyond Sides of History : A Series (produced by WBUR)

2016 First Place, Natural World | Northern Short Course in Photojournalism

2016 Honorary Mention, International Picture Story | Northern Short Course in Photojournalism

2015 Lori Minden Tancer Award | Momenta Workshops

2015 Honorary Mention, Natural Disaster & Environment | Northern Short Course in Photojournalism

2014 Solo Exhibition, photographs of Armenia | Prague, Czech Republic

2013 Solo Exhibition, photographs of Israel | Boston, MA