Kathleen Fitzgerald grew up on Long Island, New York and attended the Pittsburg School of Interior Design, where she trained her eye for the simplicity and mystery of black and white photography. As a young wife, and mother of two children, she found herself in the darkroom more than the kitchen. She spent many months discovering the effects of different kinds of film, camera settings and the chemical process.
Fitzgerald studied at the School of Visual Arts and the International Center for Photography. After graduating from the portraiture program at SVA, one of her professors advised her to start combining her photography skills with writing. Along with starting her own photography business, she documented the work of many charities in New England for the Near and Far Aid Association. She spent two years going to domestic violence centers, homes for the specially challenged, homeless shelters, and after school programs. Her photographs provided an artistic and sympathetic reference to bring light to urgent causes.
Solo: A Celebration of Women on Their Own - Portraits & Profiles of Never Married, Divorced & Widowed by Kathleen Fitzgerald, contains over 50 essays and exquisite photographs of women between the ages of 35 and 95. These women tell their personal stories about making a life for themselves living independently, either without a spouse, after divorce or after the death of their husbands. The journeys they take are each unique; many of them are joyous and others are heart breaking. All of them depict the ladies never-ending strength, character and gravitas. Fitzgerald's photographs bring to life the inner beauty and style each one of the women possess. This book would make a lovely gift for a mother, special friend or any woman of the world, who is going Solo with flair and fortitude.