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LQAF Scholarship Spotlight: Colby Tarsitano, Photographer

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Colby Tarsitano is a scholarship recipient of the Nancy and David Marks Memorial Scholarship. The Nancy and David Marks Memorial Scholarship creates opportunities for talented, aspiring artists from the valley and the La Quinta Arts Foundation is grateful for the continued partnership with Marks’ family.

Colby discovered her love of photography as a teenager, when her dad gave her a camera.  At La Quinta High School, she began honing her skills in photography classes.  She is majoring in Photography at New York University in the Tisch School of Photography & Imaging, where she also participates as a staff member of the department’s student run magazine “ISO“.  She was recently selected to participate in the intensive program Tisch Photography: On Location in Havana, Cuba.

Do you have a favorite artist?
CT: Choosing a favorite photographer is honestly one of the hardest questions I’ve been asked. I guess I don’t have an all-time favorite but as of right now my favorites are Alex Webb and Joseph Rodriguez (who was actually one of my professors last semester!). Both are documentary photographers and are pretty insane. My favorite series from Webb is definitely his Mexico series- it’s amazing. My favorite series from Joseph is his Mauritius series he did for National Geographic in the 90’s.

© Alex Webb / Magnum Photos

© Alex Webb / Magnum Photos

Both Webb and Joseph take documentary photography to another level and I aspire to be as good as them one day.


What are you working on?
CT: I am currently working on a couple of projects. I have just finished going through my summer work and am in the process of sequencing that.

Colby Tarsitano

Photo by Colby Tarsitano

Photo by Colby Tarsitano

Photo by Colby Tarsitano

I also have an ongoing project called Kev about my boyfriend and the way that I see him. I tend to photograph him and use him as my guinea pig every time I try something new. The project is set up into different sub series based on different bodies of work I make of him. Finally I am starting a project on religion and the idea of the afterlife. I haven’t gotten too far into it yet but I’m really, really excited about it!

Photo by Colby Tarsitano

Photo by Colby Tarsitano

 

To learn more about her art, visit colbytarsitano.com and enjoy her photos on instagram: @colbtarsitano_

In keeping with LQAF’s mission of “Promoting and Cultivating the Arts,” annual scholarship awards are made possible with proceeds garnered from LQAF public art events including the La Quinta Arts Festival, plus La Quinta Arts Foundation memberships and contributions by sponsors, community partners and memorial contributions.