John Rizzo

category: Visual,

Contact & Info


Phone: 6462216186


Artist Statement

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. Recent portrait subjects are Judith Jamison, Alvin Ailey Company / Paul Rabil, lacrosse player / Tommie Hilfiger, fashion leader / Delia Ephron, Author / Julian Niccolini, Managing Partner The Four Seasons Restaurant / Condola Rashad, actress / Senator Kirsten Gillibrand / James Naughton, actor / Rubin Singer, fashion designer / Shelly Tretter Lynch, Sotheby's International Realty / Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney / Matt Lauer, TODAY Show / Ruth Reichl, former editor in chief Gourmet Magazine / Kathie Lee Gifford, and Katrina Adams, President of United States Tennis Association.  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 teaching while leading photo tours to some of these remote locations. "Much like a musician feels about an instrument he has played thousands of times, being behind the camera feels perfectly natural to me and began with my college degree in photojournalism. I am passionate about bringing aspiring photographers of all ages and skill levels to exotic cultures to teach them both the art of capturing great images and the storytelling challenges of representing the culture in a respectful and true way." He has covered assignments in Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Ethiopia, Great Britain, India, Japan, Myanmar, Singapore, Sweden and Tanzania.  "Photography is everywhere in today's society, and much more so than at any other time in my life.  This presents an opportunity to use it as a powerful educational tool. My sole vocation has been as a photographer, and I have worked in different areas of it, as a studio photographer doing conceptual work to illustrate stories using the new technologies to create things that were never before possible, as a portrait photographer, and as a photojournalist covering financial news and feature stories.  This gives me a unique palette of experience to draw from to pass on to the next generation of visual artists. People of all ages today are hungry to get control of their ability to make images and to express themselves. The Arts, including photography, are an important piece of the rich fabric of our society. My job is to teach them how to harness that power, to learn how to see, to execute, and open the way for them to create their visual stories in both still images and video. My personal goals are to be leading and teaching in the field about cultures that are under tremendous pressure to maintain their way of life in the face of encroaching western influences and diminishing resources."

Educational Background

Syracuse University, BA in photojournalism, 1979.

Teaching Artist Experience

2016: Mill Street Loft Spring Digital Photography Workshop, ages 14-19 / Artist in Residency: School 17, Yonkers, NY, 6th Grade / Artist-in-Residency: School 17, Yonkers, NY, 3rd Grade / Artist-in-Residency: Sleepy Hollow Middle School, 6, 7 & 8th Grade / Artist-in-Residency: Rebecca Turner Elementary, 4th Grade / Artist-in-Residency: WestHab PEAK after-school program, 4th Grade up to age 19 / Mill Street Loft Summer Intensive Program at Vassar College, Ages 14-19 years / 2015: Artist-in-Residency: Westhab Bridge Academy at School 13, Yonkers, NY. / Artist-in-Residency: Grimes Elementary School, Mt. Vernon, NY. / SUNY Purchase Young Photographers Summer Program / Group Photo Tour: Ethiopia 12 day Workshop in the Lower Omo Valley, November / Group Photo Tour: Ethiopia 12 day Workshop in the Lower Omo Valley, December /  2014:  Mill Street Loft Spring Digital Photography Workshop, Poughkeepsie, NY.  2013: Summer Intensive Program at Vassar College. /  2013: The Athenian School 5 Day Workshop in Siem Reap, Cambodia. /  2012: Peace of Angkor, 5 day Workshop co-teaching with tour leader, Siem Reap, Cambodia / 2012:  Summer Intensive Program at Vassar College. / 2011:  Epic Photo Tours, 12 day Workshop in Omo Valley, Ethiopia. Rizzo has over 30 years experience behind the camera and over 6 years teaching experience.  He was awarded an Arts Alive Grant in 2013 from ArtsWestchester for a project entitled, "Mount Vernon, Prospect For Change," a multimedia and portrait exhibition exploring the rich history of Mount Vernon with interviews from some of its leading citizens.  He was on the masthead of Westchester Magazine for 6 years as a frequent contributor and is now a staff photographer for WAG Magazine. He was awarded an Arts Alive Grant in 2016 for a project on wounded soldiers, which is currently in progress.