Annelise Mecca is an independent American-Italian photographer based in New York City. The focus of her photographic work began with travel photography in the US and Europe. It evolved into human rights and migration-centered work as she completed a Master in International Development Studies from the University of Amsterdam, and found herself heavily involved in and inspired by the current refugee crisis. Work and study brought her through Europe and the Middle East, where she captured both the hardship and beauty of displacement, and the aftermath of war. In addition to lending her time and skill on a contract base to international Non-Profit Organizations and Social Enterprises worldwide, Annelise holds photography and Lightroom workshops called Storytelling Sisters with a local NGO in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, and will display the work of her students in a traveling exhibition through the Middle East and Europe.
Annelise is a member of Overseas Press Club, New York.