Ronit Fahl a documentary photographer based on the Big Island of Hawaii. Her work explores eclectic people and unusual places, with a special emphasis on underrepresented groups in a particular area. From non-white communities in Portland, Oregon to the Jewish diaspora in the state of Hawaii, she is on a constant search to capture those who diverge from the majority.
Ronit first picked up a camera in her early teens and has been shooting ever since. She first studied film photography at the University of Michigan and continued taking classes at Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, Oregon and at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. She has contributed to a variety of media outlets including Travel Oregon, Portland Mercury, Willamette Week, Oregon Music News and Vortex Music Magazine, along with providing images for non-profit organizations, designers, artists and other creatives.
Prior to engaging in professional photography, Ronit taught English as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon, West Africa and Swaziland, Southern Africa. She then received a Master's in Social Work from the University of Michigan; her clinical work focused on empowering families with very young children living in poverty and crisis in Portland, Oregon. She often found ways to incorporate photography into the field; it was while working in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at a large hospital that she began using digital photography as a resource for families and discovered the true power of the medium.
A life-long traveler (she made her first journey at age three, to South Africa), Ronit has ventured through 28 countries. Located off-grid on a two-acre farm in a rural district of Hawaii Island, she is available for commissions worldwide.