AnnMarie Tornabene, a New York – born photographer and illustrator, now residing in France, has spent over two decades exploring self-portraiture. Her work deals with self-acceptance, body image and other aspects/issues in her personal life. It is narrative, often invoking fairy-tale and romantic imagery that hint at contemporary ideologies including the use of symbolism for creating visual metaphors. As an artist and her long-time career as a life model, AnnMarie is able to physically express herself, playing with her poses for the camera either by creating sets within the confines of her studio or in isolated outside locations. AnnMarie graduated from Long Island University, New York with a BFA in Photography, magna cum laude. She has won several awards and exhibits internationally. She has been interviewed by women's groups and reviewed by The New York Times, Newsday, and other local newspapers. She has also been published in fine art magazines and other printed media. Virtually, her photographs have been featured on art blogs and online fine art magazines. She has spoken at universities and artists’ groups and her images have invoked essays and prose. Her work is included in several personal and institutional collections in the US, Canada, UK, Hungary and Japan.