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laura norcia vitale has been pursuing photography for over 35 years. Having studied in New York City early on and graduating from The School of Visual Arts with a BFA in Fine Art Photography, laura continues to cultivate her passion by shooting in film to capture the unforeseen. Laura's black and white gelatin silver images reflect her distinctive style portraying elegance while maintaining rustic overtones of rich infusions of tonality that she skillfully creates in her darkroom. laura also enhances some of her images by hand coloring each one with marshall photo oils.
Laura's freelance Food and Wine photography has brought her recognition documenting Iron Chef Mario Batali's Edible Garden Project in Brooklyn. She has been featured in Food and Wine Magazine, Wine Spectator, Diablo Magazine, Fromers Travel Guide and the Wall Street Journal.
Laura's documentary style opened up opportunities shooting behind the scenes black and white stills in the film industry. In 2011, she and her Emmy Award winning cinematographer son, Rick Darge filmed a short documentary called "La Estancia" portraying the lives of five families working as migrant laborers in Baja California South. It was featured in the 2011 Napa Valley Film Festival and was also shown at the New York City International Film Festival, August 2012. The film was nominated and won an Oscar for best short documentary.
As of October 2013, laura has once again teamed up with her son Rick shooting black and white stills for his first directorial feature narrative film called ZenDog. The film has taken them with their cast and crew across the continental USA over a three week duration. The film is finished and is currently on tour at film festivals abroad and in the USA. Follow the film here.
She is currently living and working out of her studio/home in Rome, Italy where she has launched The Roman Darkroom through the Airbnb experience platform. You can book a tour here Airbnb just click this link.
Limited Edition silver gelatin prints are also available for purchase.
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