Artist Statement


Resilience can take many forms – dramatic, subtle, painful or joyous; but however it manifests, it is always inspiring.

I aim to document the heights and depths of the human condition while maintaining a focus on the capacity of the human spirit to prevail over adversity.  These images, were taken over 40 years in 30 countries to honor and preserve moments that elicit compassion and deepen understanding across cultures, communities, and countries. My work reflects what I have seen and experienced as an AIDS nurse, activist, and woman. I hope the viewer is able to witness the fragility of life, the resilience, and the joy of the people and communities which intrigue and inspire me.

Though frequently elusive, resilience is what I seek to capture.

maryann vitiello photographer