Deanne Sokolin is a fine art photographer whose work is part of an ongoing exploration of identity. Projects are conceived as a way to give traditional forms of cultural expression new meaning. Subjects have included exploring Jewish rituals of commemoration, cooking Jewish foods and holiday rituals. Overall, the goal is to consider the role that traditions play in contemporary life. The purpose is to comment not only on the importance of preserving cultural traditions but also of the need to reinvent those traditions in each generation. More recently, Deanne has photographed iconic places in Brooklyn that are informed by historic photographs.
Born and raised in New York City, Deanne earned a BFA at The Boston Museum School and an MFA at the School of Visual Arts. Her photographs have been widely exhibited and are held in several collections including Harvard University's Fogg Museum. In addition to freelance work, Deanne has been a lecturer in photography at Marlboro College, Princeton University, and The School of Visual Arts. Her work was included in Only Skin Deep, at the International Center of Photography and Aperture Magazine’s, Metamorphoses. Deanne lives with her family in Brooklyn.