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About Heather Pillar

Heather Pillar, photographer and teacher, has lived, taught and photographed in seven countries over four continents during the past 25 years. Known for her series,  memento Morrie: images of love and loss, made during the last six months of beloved Brandeis professor, Morrie Schwartz’s life. Her personal and collaborative photographic projects reveal her ongoing interest in women, girls and aging.


Heather’s photographs have been exhibited internationally as well as published in numerous newspapers and magazines such as People Magazine and The Boston Globe;  books include The Wisdom of Morrie, Tuesdays with Morrie and Morrie:  In His Own Words. Her work has also appeared on television (CBS Sunday Morning, Today Show) and online – NPR, Next Avenue (AARP) and on PBS’s Inside E Street.

Heather now splits her time between Massachusetts and Lagos, Nigeria.

My husband and I were honored to meet with His Imperial Majesty, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II in Lagos, Nigeria on October 14, 2022 at American International School of Lagos.

Heather Pillar has collaborated with two other educators to self-publish ‘Asha means Hope’ profiling Bangladeshi girls for the ABC Charity School in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The book raised funds and helped secure a building for the school that would not flood.  In another collaboration, she photographed the cover and wrote a story for a book of short stories Mama Dar, that resulted in funds for a battered women’s shelter in Tanzania.

Heather Pillar with ABC students in Dhaka, Bangladesh.        2009
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