Debbie
 
Debbie Rasiel is a photographer in New York City. She has spent the past four years traveling to locations around the world documenting autism. Her project "Picturing Autism" included a one-woman exhibition in May/June 2014 at the Soho20 Chelsea Gallery in NYC, and another in Vietnam, "Picturing Autism Vietnam," in March of 2016. This show was made possible with funding and research assistants from the Center for Creative Initiatives in Health and Population (CCIHP) in Hanoi, and a grant from Grand Challenges Canada. Debbie has also worked for NGOs in both New York and South Africa. In New York her work for non-profits and privately funded advocacy organizations has documented the condition of inner-city youths and developmentally disabled adults. In South Africa she documented a papermaking poverty relief program and an AIDS orphanage. Her photographs from South Africa are included in a book, "Women on Purpose," which was funded by the Ford Foundation. Debbie has also written about and curated exhibitions for other artists, including a book and an exhibit on Dorothea Lange, and has taught workshops in creative expression in both South Africa an New York. She received a BFA from the University of Florida, an MA from Tufts University, and has completed coursework toward a PhD at the City University of New York with a concentration in photography and contemporary criticism. Debbie has had extensive training in digital media at the International Center of Photography. Her photographs are included in many collections, both private and public, including Rutgers University and the University of Johannesburg. Debbie is also a fine art photographer and is represented by Soho20 Gallery in New York.