Denise Tarantino has traveled throughout the United States during much of her career in marketing technology. Her assignments frequently take her to rural locations where her photography serves as the perfect companion. Tarantino considers these journeys as expeditions—opportunities to uncover local history and culture and to discover the hidden treasures she calls “roadside cache.”

Born with a serious bone condition—osteogenesis imperfecta—Tarantino was often excluded from physical activities and developed what she calls her “observer’s lens,” an ability to identify nuances and humor in places and circumstances that are often overlooked. Tarantino believes this same well-trained eye has served her well in her approach to photography. Roadside America features selections from Tarantino’s travels—discoveries made among the unusual objects and forgotten places along the nation’s rural byways.

Denise Tarantino obtained a BFA in Design and Photography from Kutztown University and continued her photographic studies at the International Center for Photography (ICP) in New York. Tarantino’s work is exhibited internationally and has earned awards from publications, galleries, and museums throughout North America. Most recently, Tarantino was named one of the top 100 emerging fine art photographers of 2016 by Photographer’s Forum, a quarterly publication dedicated to quality reproduction of photography.

• 2016, 2015, 2014 Best of Fine Arts Photography – Top 100 Emerging Photographers, Photographer’s Forum
• 2016, Art Ability, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, Malvern, PA, Juror’s Choice
• 2016, Annual Competition, Santa Fe Workshops, Grand Prize
• 2016, Sparks Photo Exhibition, Marin Society of Artists, San Raffle, CA, Honorable Mention
• 2015, Fog Fest Art Competition, Pacifica Arts, Second Place
• 2015, Exposed-International Photo Exhibition, Marin Society of Artists, First Place
• 2014, Art Ability, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, Malvern, PA, Honorable Mention
• 2014, Summer Nation Exhibition, MMoCA, Honorable Mention
• 2014, NVAL International Photography Show, North Valley – Gold
• 2014, One by One, Colorado Photographic Arts Center (CPAC) – Special Mention
• 2013, BACKYARD Photo, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops – Honorable Mention
• 2013, Art Ability 2013, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, Malvern, PA, Third Place
• 2013, Return to Simplicity, Piedmont Art Center, Piedmont, CA – Third Place
• 2013, 3rd International & National Juried Photography Exhibition – Director’s Choice
• 2012, WPGA Fine Art Photography Competition, WPGA Publication, Honorable Mention

• 2016/2017 Bay Area Photo Collective Annual
• 2015 FotoFilmic photographer 2015 Annual
• 2014, 2015 Photographers’ Forum, Best of Fine Arts Photography
• 2014 eXel Photo Magazine
• 2012, 2013, 2014 CUESA Ferry Terminal Market
• 2013 PHOTOcentric Gallery Catalog
• RayKo 2013 Summer Coarse Catalog Cover
• WPGA 2012 International Competition Winners Catalog

• FotoFilmic’15 PrintShop, Vancouver, Canada
• RayKo Marketplace, San Francisco, CA
• ACCI Gallery, Berkley, CA
• City Art Gallery Cooperative, San Francisco, CA
• Collage Gallery, San Francisco, CA
• Local Take, San Francisco, CA
• Wonderland, San Francisco, CA
• San Francisco Women Artist Collective, San Francisco, CA
• SF Mercantile, San Francisco, CA
• Arc Gallery and Studios, San Francisco, CA