Maranie is an independent photographer, videographer and journalist working to document human rights and social justice issues, displacement and the periphery of conflict—how violence and war affects individuals and societies. Her work focuses on people and especially those in marginalized parts of society — whether domestically or abroad. Maranie works to further understanding of the human experience through intimate, human-centered storytelling using still images, motion picture and the written word. She is motivated by the conviction we are all connected and that images and words have the power to inform, inspire empathy, feelings of understanding and connectedness, to challenge the way we think, to educate and to move people to action.
To date, her work has taken her throughout Eastern and Western Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.
Maranie is self-taught and has been a full-time, independent photographer since September 2015 when she took a proverbial leap of faith, leaving her eft her well-paying, yet unfulfilling, 9-5 job to pursue photography and journalism. She wakes up each day on fire to become a better photographer and human.
Maranie calls Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania home but is currently a Newhouse graduate student in Syracuse, New York.
She welcomes the opportunity to connect with others and can be reached directly at maranie.rae at gmail.com
Maranie has published work in The Atlantic, Reuters, Esquire, CNN, Huffington Post, Arte Magazine (Berlin), Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Mashable, Rudaw and works regularly with numerous Pittsburgh area newspapers and magazines.