(B. 1989, Boston, Massachusetts)
Rachael Cerrotti is an award-winning independent photographer, writer and educator. Her work focuses on documenting stories of grief, migration 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. She has completed educator's seminars with Yad Vashem and Facing History & Ourselves.
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 presents this story in classrooms and communities worldwide and is preparing to publish a book (her first). In addition, she is producing a podcast about this story in collaboration with the Shoah Foundation.
After the sudden loss of her young husband in 2016, Rachael began Welcome to Widowhood, an ongoing 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.
Rachael’s work has been published by Public Radio International, NPR, Cognoscenti (WBUR), Kind World (WBUR), The Boston Globe, Images & Voices of Hope, Yediot Aharonot (Israel), The Times of Israel, Lidové Noviny (Czech Republic), Vlasta (Czech Republic), Travel & Leisure, Discovery.com, and Rewire amongst many others. 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.
In 2017, Rachael, was the subject of an award-winning multimedia series produced by WBUR, Boston’s NPR station, titled Beyond Sides of History.
She has worked in over a dozen countries and is currently based in Boston.
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