Priscilla Rattazzi was born in Rome, Italy and came to the US in the early seventies. She studied photography at Sarah Lawrence, and later worked as an assistant to photographer Hiro.
Throughout the eighties, Priscilla worked as a fashion and portrait photographer. Her work appeared in New York, Redbook, Self, Brides and The New York Times Magazine. In Italy, her work appeared in Vogue Italia, Donna and Amica.
Priscilla Rattazzi has published four books and one portfolio: Best Friends (Rizzoli, 1989), a collection of famous and not so famous people with their dogs; Children (Rizzoli, 1992), a collection of photographs of children in early childhood; Georgica Pond (Callaway, 2000), a ten-year examination of a body of water on the East End of Long Island; Best Friends, the portfolio (LunaLola Press, 2006), a collection Priscilla's favorite fourteen photographs from her book Best Friends; and Luna & Lola (Callaway, 2010), the story of Priscilla's two dogs, a golden retriever and a miniature dachshund, woven as a metaphorical tale of family life.
Gallery and Museum shows: Staley Wise Gallery, New York (1989) in conjunction with the publication of her book Best Friends (1989); Knoxville Museum of Art in Knoxville, Tennessee (1992), a retrospective; Glenn Horowitz Bookseller's in East Hampton, New York (2003), a retrospective; Jack Banning Gallery in New York (2003), a series of portraits of actors, producers and directors for the Tribeca Film Festival; Valentina Moncada Gallery in Rome, Italy (2004); East End Books and Gallery in East Hampton, New York (2006); an evening at Staley-Wise Gallery in New York (2006) to present the Best Friends Portfolio; and Paul Fisher Gallery in West Palm Beach, Florida (2008). There were also exhibitions in the East Hampton and Milan Ralph Lauren stores in 2010 in conjunction with the launch of her latest book Luna & Lola.
Priscilla is currently working on a memoir and a new show of portraits from her archives.