Hi - I’m Rachel. I'm a Denver-based independent visual journalist + photographer.
My love for photography began with a disposable camera in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
I specialize in storytelling through documentary photography and portraiture. My editorial work aims to intimately show aspects of humanity intersecting with economic and social issues. I also bring my unique background in storytelling to commercial clients so we can create visual narratives that give life to their brands.
I graduated from Ithaca College with a B.A. in Documentary Studies, attended the Eddie Adams Workshop XXVII and the Missouri Photo Workshop. I’ve been a Women Photograph member since 2017.
Select Clients: The New York Times, TIME Magazine, The Washington Post, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, DaVita Inc., US News and World Report, University of Michigan, NPR, HuffPost, Education Week, and ESPN Magazine.
Recognitions: My work placed 2nd in the National Press Photographers Association’s Best of Photojournalism Contemporary Issues Story competition and received “Best of Show” in the Michigan Press Photographers Association competition. I was selected for Artpil’s 30 Under 30 Women Photographers in 2019 and part of the group’s exhibition in Paris, France. As the ART WORKS Projects’ Emerging Lens Mentorship Program 2018 grant recipient, I co-produced three solo exhibitions of my work and presented with artist talks and/or panel discussions.
Located in: Denver, Colorado and available for assignment wherever you’d like to work together.
2017 - Michigan Press Photographers Association, 2017 - Michigan Press Photographers Association, 2016 - Michigan Press Photographers Association, 2014 - Eddie Adams Workshop Colton Family Award recipient
Lourdes Salazar Bautista puts her hands to her heart as she expresses concern for her children, moments after leaving the meeting confirming her deportation order on Monday, July 31, 2017 outside the ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations Office in Detroit, Michigan, USA. Bautista had been granted continued stays of deportation after her husband was deported to care for her children. She lived with her family in Michigan for 20 years. Unwilling to leave her two youngest children behind, they traveled to Toluca, Mexico. Bautista’s eldest daughter was left in the United States. Bautista is reunited with her husband and the children’s father, who was deported seven years ago. The family, once under a shared home, is fractured between two countries.
Bryan Quintana-Salazar, 13, throws torn-up paper from family documents into a fire on Friday, July 28, 2017 at his home in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. Anticipating his mother's deportation, the family burned important documents they no longer needed.
From left, Lourdes Salazar Bautista and her family friend Leonor Kromis, both of Ann Arbor, look for the city Bautista's husband lived in while they were separated on a map of Mexico on Monday, July 31, 2017 at the Consulate General of Mexico in Detroit, Michigan, USA. Bautista's husband, Luis Quintana Chaparro, lived in San Nicolás, Mexico, a small village where Bautista does not think she can find work for herself or schooling for her children.