Artist Statement

Devoted to unearthing the visual imperative which I define as, that which must be shown, my work reveals the variety of the world through an artistic and ethnographic confrontation.

Using lens-based media I seek to expose the relationships between constructed and discovered sociopolitical dialogues, ultimately disclosing observed undercurrents and overtures which impart a prospect for reflection and new understanding among uncommon audiences.

With influences as diverse as Nan Goldin, Gordon Parks, and Dawoud Bey, I present contemporary variations which challenge traditional and modern discourse—distilled from both opaque and transparent narratives.

Within the frame emerges a photographic tapestry composed of relational form, natural light, and the contemplative nature of the human condition in its enduring conflict with the machinations of society.



Passionate about visual narrative storytelling and specialized as a photographer and producer, Theresa Soares has spent the last ten years cultivating relationships across the public, private, and independent sectors where she's raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity, and generated over a million dollars in revenue in support of local journalism through development, advertising, and public media underwriting.

During her career, she has led impact at PBS and the USA TODAY Network, and collaborated with partners such as Dell, Microsoft, PPR Worldwide, the National Center for Learning Disabilities, and the National Sikh Campaign.

Soares obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mills College where she experienced an interdisciplinary liberal arts curriculum merging intermedia art and community-based journalism. She participated in the Public Interest Radio Program, in partnership with KALW, and the Center for Urban Schools and Partnerships in Oakland California where she covered stories in Oakland public schools and churches — on the streets concerning community and racial issues.

Theresa is of Luso American descent and resides in Central California where she enjoys spending time exploring the Sierra Nevada Mountains and coast near her hometown of Pacific Grove. She is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers.

Theresa Soares

Theresa Soares Documentary and Fine Art Photographer
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