Hello! I'm Sarah Tilotta, a visual journalist currently based in London, UK. Most recently I've worked at NPR on the Visuals Team as a Multimedia Editor Intern and freelance photographer in Washington, DC.
In May 2014 I completed a Masters in Photojournalism at the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University in Athens, OH, where I was the Photojournalism Fellow for The Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.I also hold a BA in Visual Arts/Photography from Fordham University - Lincoln Center in New York City, and have studied abroad at Griffith University's Queensland College of Art, in Brisbane, Australia.
In the summer of 2013 I worked in the Dominican Republic as a Photographer Guide for Rustic Pathways, a youth travel company. While working for Rustic, I spent time in the sugar cane communities learning about the conditions of statelessness for Haitians living in the DR, resulting in the ongoing project, A Bitttersweet Legacy: Sugar & Statelessness in the Dominican Republic.
Before moving to Athens for graduate school, I lived in Chicago for three years, splitting my time between event photography and community photojournalism for Brown Line Media. I was actively involved with exhibitions and homelessness outreach at the Chicago Photography Center, where we taught photography as a tool of expression and empowerment to clients of a nearby shelter.
My early professional experiences include interning at Pace MacGill gallery (NYC), working as a professional photo lab and darkroom technician (Baltimore & NYC), executive assistant at ALM, a legal media publishing company (NYC), English professor at Guangzhou University in China, and volunteer with the micro-financing NGO, Fonkoze in Haiti. In one way or another, these varied experiences have all contributed to my sensibilities as a visual storyteller, reinforcing a core belief that adaptability is one thing we humans do exceptionally well.
One subject I'm consistently drawn to is how our species has evolved on the move, constantly migrating and adapting to new environments - especially fascinating in the modern context of globalization. For this reason, I'm particularly interested in telling visual stories around migration and sense of place: what political and economic factors motivate people to leave one home in search of another? How do they end up where they do? Which social laws dictate the process of integrating into a new community? What are the roots of conflict between old and new communities? I've pursued these themes in several domestic and international projects, including The Ones Who Stayed, A Bittersweet Legacy, and Resettling New Orleans.
My overall goal as a visual storyteller is to document the staggering diversity of human experience. I strongly believe in the power of images to connect people through the celebration of diversity, as well as our shared experience in this unique time, on our unique planet.[PHOTO CREDIT: Bernadette Tilotta, my infinitely beautiful and talented mother]