Vanessa Tignanelli is a Canadian documentary photographer and videographer currently based in North Bay, Ontario, available for assignment.
Combining her training in conceptual art, journalism and filmmaking, her work moves beyond the typical snapshot to the more significant environmental portrait, encapsulating the essence of those who share their stories with her. She is interested in subjects that reconcile opposing ideas found in traditional societies, working with themes confronting sexism, ageism and classicism. The work celebrates resiliency and individuality, looks for hope in tragedy, takes us to people living on the fringes of society, and calls for us to be comfortable there.
Vanessa's work has been recognized by the Royal Family, NPAC National Photographs of the Year Awards, Duke of Edinburgh Awards, and InFocus Photo Exhibit and Award. She is a graduate of the studio art program at University of Guelph and the photojournalism program at Loyalist College. Her work has appeared in publications such as The Globe and Mail, Bloomberg, VICE, Photographers Without Borders, CBC, National Post, Toronto Star, PhotoEd Magazine, The Waterloo Region Record and more.