Rita Nannini became a photographer well before she owned a camera. While studying in Madrid, she realized that words could not capture that which her eyes saw: the moonrise over an ocean cliff in Mirleft, Morocco; the traces of Arthurian legend in Glastonbury, England or the quotidian of Annecy, France.

Upon her return to her senior year at Georgetown University, she enrolled in a photography course at the Corcoran School of Art. A few years later, she launched a successful career in documentary, portrait and performance photography in New York City. There she studied photography at the International Center of Photography and The New School. Intrinsically shy, photography has always been her venue.

Rita received grants to exhibit her photographs from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the National Endowment for Humanities. Her work has been exhibited and published widely in the United States and internationally. She is a Professional Member of the American Society of Media Photographers, New York Chapter.