Alessandra Manzotti, a freelance portrait and landscape photographer, was born and raised in Milan, Italy. At the age of 20, she traveled to the United States in search of different opportunities, living in Hawaii and California before settling into the countryside of Pennsylvania with her husband, daughter, and four dogs.
With intuitive and innate talent, Manzotti creates ethereal, dynamic, and intimate photographs. Her inspiration comes from childhood memories of Italy, her extensive travels, her journey through motherhood, and a perpetual sense of restlessness. “With my images I try to evoke a sense of space and motion often enhanced by rich and dramatic use of monochromatic tones,” she says. Manzotti honed her technique while studying under John Paul Caponigro and Alison Shaw and creates a look all her own. Her remarkable style of photography has a way of drawing you in and enveloping you into her view of the world.
Manzotti starts a new photographic adventure this February; she tells us she’ll “join BBC and Human Planet photographer Timothy Allen and 6 other photographers from Europe and South America on a 150Km photographic expedition.” They’ll be exploring and capturing images of the “remote region of the Altai Mountain of Western Mongolia following the nomadic spring migration of a family of Kazakhs eagle hunters, their prized eagles, and herd of 1,000 cattle and camels.” With temperatures dropping as low as -40 degrees, Manzotti will sleep in traditional round tents called gers. She’ll use this unique opportunity to become immersed in the life of the nomadic people of Mongolia while witnessing and photographing areas very rarely seen by outsiders.
Manzotti has featured her photographs in exhibits in New York City, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. On March 1, she is opening a shared gallery in the heart of Chadds Ford with a contemporary painter from Belgium, Susan Iserbyt . To experience her work, the gallery is located at the old forge in Fairville Village, 522 Kennett Pike, Chadds Ford, PA.
We’ll definitely be stopping into the gallery and we look forward to seeing what images she brings home after her Mongolian expedition!