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Bernadette crafts documentary images and portraits (digital, film and multimedia) for editorial publications and photojournalism projects, centered on people + story + place. She is currently based in Minneapolis, MN and always looking for the slightest excuse to travel and capture stories. Bernadette also curates the all-women photographer Instagram showcase @thefemaleframe, as well as the visual editing blog, "Reverse Edit”. :: @dettesnaps :: Minneapolis, MN

"As a documentarian, I focus my efforts on the hero’s journey of the everyday individual within their community. I’m intrigued by real people, what happens at the intersection of identity, challenge and change, and the defining moments of the human experience. Documenting those dynamics requires me to approach subjects from a place of great intimacy, while not neglecting to leave room for the spontaneous." 



2019 Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University Certificate in Documentary Arts (Durham, NC) currently pursuing
2018 Momenta Nonprofit Photography and Multimedia Workshop (Los Angeles, CA) selected attendee
2017 The Kalish Visual Editing Workshop (Rochester, NY) selected attendee
2016 Magnum Photos The Long Format Documentary Workshop with Matt Black (Austin, TX) selected attendee 


2018 F-Stop Magazine "Beautiful" Issue / Group Online Exhibition
2018 12th Annual Black and White Spider Awards Nominee, Photojournalism
2018 Sante Fe Photographic Workshops Celebrate Contest, Honorable Mention
2017 Bokeh Bokeh feature, "We Don't Do Miracles and God Don't Do Patterns"
2017 Social Documentary Network feature, "Immigrant: Pit Master"
2015 Darkroom Gallery feature (Essex Junction, VT), "Reveal" Exhibition
2015 MN State Fair Fine Art Exhibition finalist (Saint Paul, MN), "Samantha on Her Farm"

With my first anthropology course in college, I knew that I wanted to be a visual documentarian. Enchanted by the idea of combining art with real life, I promptly dropped out and moved Paris to study classical filmmaking… but mainly I just learned to survive on croissants and cigarettes. From there, I found myself in Boston for what turned into a 12 year detour in the world of advertising, adulthood, and project management; I was on the ground floor during the advent of online media and worked for interactive agencies with clients such as Hyundai, IKEA and Showtime. But I still wasn't crafting the type of projects that satisfied my creative spirit. So I returned to my original infatuation with documentary storytelling and haven’t looked back. My work has been featured by the Smithsonian Magazine International Photo Competition, the Darkroom Gallery, and the MN State Fair Fine Art Exhibition. I’ve been a selected attendee of the Kalish Workshop at RIT, Momenta Workshops, and the Magnum Photos Long Format Documentary Workshop with Matt Black. I also curate the all-women photographer Instagram showcase @thefemaleframe, as well as the visual editing blog, "Reverse Edit”.


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