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Rachael Cerrotti is an award-winning 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. In addition, 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. The story, which travels through Central Europe, Scandinavia and across the United States, is an intergenerational approach to understanding loss and the will to move forward in the face of uncertainty. She speaks in classrooms and communities worldwide about this story and is now writing her first book.
Her work has been published by Public Radio International, NPR, Cognoscenti (WBUR), Kind World (podcast), 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, andRewire amongst many others. In 2017, Rachael, was the subject of an award-winning multimedia series produced by WBUR titled Beyond Sides of History. She has received awards from the Northern Short Course in Photojournalism, Momenta Workshops and The Jewish Women's Archive and has shown her work in solo exhibitions in Boston and Prague.
Awards, Honors & 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
Education & Professional Development
Facing History and Ourselves Seminar, Democracy at Risk - Holocaust and Human Behavior for Educators in Jewish Settings | Boston, MA (2018)
Yad Vashem International Conference on Holocaust Education | Jerusalem, Israel (2018)
Yad Vashem Seminar for Educators in Jewish Supplemental Programs | Jerusalem, Israel (2018)
Images & Voices of Hope Summit | Upstate New York (2015 & 2017)
Momenta Workshops, Non Profit Photography | New Orleans, LA (2016)
Northern Short Course in Photojournalism | Northeast Region, USA (2011-2014)
Rothberg International School at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem | Jerusalem, Israel (2009-2010)
Bachelors of Arts in Communications, Temple University, | PA, USA (graduated in 2011)
Links (includes samples of Follow My Footprints essays as well as reportage on current events)