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Anjali Pinto

Anjali Pinto is a writer and photographer in Chicago.

Her photography and essays have been published in Chicago Magazine, The Washington Post, Harper's Bazaar and Rolling Stone. After studying photojournalism at the University of Missouri, she began her business in Chicago and established a mix of editorial and commercial clients.

During the first year following the sudden passing of Pinto’s husband, Jacob Johnson, she shared a photo and long-form caption to Instagram every day as a way of healing. She wrote about many facets of the unbelievable reality in mourning her beautiful, seemingly healthy 30-year-old husband. With each photo and glimpse into her grief, she was able to offer her audience an honest account of what sudden loss and everlasting love are. In being vulnerable, her pain and joy enriched many people’s perceptions of grief.

From writer Sara Radin, “For a couple who met online, this is a stark contrast to the stories we hear of today’s digital romance, reminding us of what really matters: to truly love and be loved, and how fleeting and fragile life is. Interestingly, there are more photos of them separately than together, but what we ultimately see is what they saw in each other — abundant love. In a time when grief is still stigmatized and largely hidden from public view, Pinto shares these photos with heartbreakingly honest captions — ruminating on the ebb and flow of emotions emerging from this life-altering event while tracing the lines of their shared history.”

Resident year: 
2018
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Guest Speaker