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Nanette Hatzes

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The unique photographic portraiture of award winning photographer Nanette Hatzes, including her Goddess Project II (2011), Goddess Project I (2003) and Faces of Burundi (2006) have been acclaimed widely, resulting in numerous awards including the 2007 first place for color portraits at the Washington County Fine Art Museum's 74th Annual Photo Salon.

Hatzes believes that the creative process of making photographs begins by building relationships with her subjects. She says that she "must know my subjects before I can see them authentically through the lens of my camera. Her goal is to create images that bring out the essence in each person, idealized perhaps, but not necessarily.

 

Hatzes earned a degree in Fine Arts, with a specialization in painting and photography, from the University of Maryland in 1980. That same year she won first prize in Rolling Stone Magazine's national photography contest which was juried by Annie Leibovitz.  Leibovitz called Hatzes' work "enchanting, seductive, and very personal."