Rachel Cabitt is a photographer based in New York known for her saturated nighttime portraits. Originally from Rowley, Massachusetts she graduated from New York University‘s Photography & Imaging Department in 2016. Exploring the juxtaposition between darkness, color and intimacy, she experiments with limited amounts of light and analog processes to create intricate descriptions of her subjects. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe states in his “Theory of Colours” that colors are made by the mixture of light and shadow, and with these colors come associated human qualities. Using light as a medium, Cabitt melds Goethe’s idea with the psychological and physical aspects of night to elicit an aura of intimacy. She treats color as a translator between light and dark.

Editorially, Cabitt brings the same colors she sees at night into the studio, vibrantly capturing her subjects. She has shot for Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, The New York Times, and Barron's, and has been awarded by Photo District News and American Photography for her portraiture. In April 2018 she had her first solo show for her first self-published book “I Like You Better At Night” at Chinatown Soup in Lower Manhattan. The zine featured her personal work shot on her 35mm camera while going out at night between 2017 and 2018.

You can reach her via email at rachelcabitt@gmail.com and on Instagram @rachelcabitt.

Publications & Clients

Rolling Stone, WeTransfer, The New York Times, Pitchfork, Barron's, Gossamer, Refinery29, The Guardian, 72andSunny, Universal Music, City Slang, 5Towns Records, HERO Magazine, The Photographic Journal, DRØME, Selfish Magazine, POND Magazine


- New Works DPI Faculty & Alumni, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, June 2019 - January 2020
- 35sn45s @ Ponyboy, Brooklyn, NY, May 2019       
- “I Like You Better At Night” Zine Release & Solo Show,  Chinatown Soup, New York, NY, April 2018
- “The Finder” Offsite Projects, March 2018
- “POND Magazine Late Night” Brooklyn, NY, February 2018
- “Summer of Selfish” Selfish Magazine, Little Skips, Brooklyn, NY, June - September 2017
- “Past, Present, Future” NYU Tisch School of the Arts at Photoville, Brooklyn, NY, September 2017
- “Past, Present, Future, Collaboration Exhibition Exchange” FAMU Film Academy, Prague, Czech Republish, May 2016
- “Show One: Tisch School of the Arts, Photography & Imaging BFA Thesis Exhbition” New York University, New York, NY, February 2016