Rita Nannini became a photographer well before she owned a camera. While studying in Madrid, she realized words could not capture what her eyes saw; this led to her study of photography and a career in documentary, portrait and performance photography. Originally drawn to the medium as a vehicle to capture otherness, her personal work focuses on the vernacular.

Rita’s documentary work has been exhibited widely in the United States and internationally. Seeking a Better Life: Jewish Poultry Farmers in New Jersey, her extensive and revealing study, premiered at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton, NJ, and traveled over seven years to 14 locations. Rita is currently working on a book documenting all the terminal stops of the New York City Subway.  She is a longtime Professional Member of the American Society of Media Photographers, New York Chapter, and resides in Brooklyn.


This photo was taken with a Nikon D800 and 24-70 f2.8 zoom lens.  All the images taken in this series First Stop Last Stop were taken with the Nikon D800 and 810 plus the same lens.

I have also worked extensively with film in 35mm, 2 1/4, and 4×5 formats.