Vanessa Charlot is a self-taught portrait and documentary photographer who began her art career while exploring the rural parts of Northern Haiti. She soon began to document intimate parts of everyday living in rural Haiti and amassed an impressive body of work that explores spirituality, socio-economic issues, and sexual intersectionality. Vanessa was born in Miami, Florida. She is strongly influenced by the works of Gordon Parks and Dawoud Bey, and most importantly, by the elders and children she met while staying in Haiti. She captured their raw beauty as they balanced their lives on the fine line of resilience and struggle. Haiti became the catalyst by which Vanessa actively documents people of color throughout the world.