Theresa Ortolani

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Location: Brooklyn, NY
Nationality: USA
Biography: "Theresa Ortolani is that rare and particular type of artist who will not only consistently attempt to grow and define her work in ambitious and challenging ways, but she will ultimately succeed in making them happen – with an astute... read on
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Saudade: Name of the Father 2019 (experimental doc sample) ©TheresaOrtolani 2019
2016 PDN Photo Annual Multimedia Grant Winner
2015 Visura Multimedia Grant 1st place finalist: judged by Coburn Dukehart, National Geographic
2015 IPA mentioned in eight categories: (Portrait, Culture, Photo Essay, 2x Deeper Perspective, 2x Moving Image)
2015 New York Photo Festival Winner
2015 Seoul International Photo Festival Winner

"Saudade is a uniquely Portuguese term that has no direct English translation. It describes a deep sense of loss, longing, lack, melancholy and nostalgia for someone, or something, that is absent.... Saudade is a distinct mark of Portuguese language and culture. It has been said that this, more than anything else, represents what it is to be Portuguese." – Bell, 1912

Photography: Theresa Ortolani
Cinematography: Theresa Ortolani & Xavier Marrades


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