John Rizzo’s photography has been featured numerous times on the cover of Newsweek, as well as on the cover of the Washington Post Sunday Magazine and the Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine. He has produced large projects for commercial clients such as The New York Mercantile Exchange, Corning Inc., and Pfizer. His photographs have been published in The New York Times, Newsweek (US, Japan, China, Korea, Espanol),The Overseas Press Club, Bloomberg, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Fortune and Money Magazine. He has covered the events of September 11th, The Russians of Brighton Beach, The Maasai of Northern Tanzania, The Joplin Tornado, and many others. He is currently focusing on creating books and multimedia about culture worldwide, to preserve and educate about how things have been done for generations. In addition to assignments, he is also an educator, teaching photography to all ages while leading photo tours Myanmar, Kenya, Ethiopia, Cambodia and Niger. He is the new cover photographer for WAG Magazine.
This year, Mr. Rizzo received a grant from ArtsWestchester to produce a documentary and photo exhibition on wounded men and women who have served in the US Armed Forces from the Iraq War and forward. He is seeking a handful of soldiers who would be willing to be interviewed about their experiences and those of their families. Photographs will be taken of them for the exhibition that will be a part of the final product.
In addition, Mr. Rizzo is looking for occupational therapists to discuss their work and what is involved in working with veterans. He is willing to interview the veterans in their homes, if that is easier for them or anywhere neutral where the ambient noise is suitable for clean audio capture.
The purpose of the project is to help raise awareness about what sacrifices our veterans make on a regular basis. This is a very worthwhile project that can have a huge impact from a small number of veterans. If you are a veteran or know one who may benefit from the goodwill that will come out of shooting this project and seeing the effect if will have on others, please contact Mr. Rizzo as soon as possible, 24 hours a day. Inspirations for this project came from James Gandolfini’s documentary “Alive Day Memories“, the September 27, 2007 NY Times article “Soldiers’ Portraits Make the Cost of War More Visible“, and the Huffington Post’s 2012 Pulitzer Prize winning series by David Wood called “Beyond The Battlefield.”
To learn more about John Rizzo Photography, please visit my website.