Catherine Vanaria is a photographer, professional printer and photography teacher based in Danbury, Connecticut.
Born in Brewster, N.Y., in 1955, Catherine was raised in a house where music was raining over the living room turntable flip-flopping between mom’s country western and my brother’s rock and roll. She picked up her first camera (a Kodak “Girl Scout Green” Brownie) at the age of 5 and was hooked. “I knew that music was going to be an important part of my life when I had to make the critical decision between going to my Brownies meeting or watching the Monkees on TV. The Monkees won that battle hands down,” Catherine says.
She started photographing bands in her senior year of high school and continued through college. After college she moved to Boston and witnessed the new British invasion and punk scene. She worked for a few fanzines, who traded tickets for prints, and paid the rent by working at commercial labs as a professional printer. During this period working Boston’s alternative music clubs and other venues, Catherine photographed the Clash, the Ramones, X, Joan Jett, the Cars, Tom Petty and many other top bands.
Today Catherine is a professional printer in both traditional and digital media. She also teaches photography at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Connecticut.