Rico Schwartzberg is an American fashion, editorial and fine art photographer, videographer and animator who shoots for international style publications such as Surface, Vivabeleza, Zink, Essence & SOMA and advertising for clients such as Sony Music, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Levi Strauss & Co., Gaggenau and The Gap.
Rico is a native of Brooklyn, NY. Moving to the west coast to pursue a degree in Ethnomusicology at UC Berkeley he soon succumbed to the music and fashion erupting from the late night clubs. Photographing the bands, scene-makers and assorted demimonde, he established his technique while working as a color printmaker in a professional darkroom. A rigorous mastery of printmaking matched with a painters eye toward color, texture and form has enabled Rico to
create bold images that have a contemporary point of view yet are rooted in a close study of art history.
He has taught editorial fashion photography and advanced Photoshop retouching at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA, USA.
2022 – “Blinded” Encontros da Imagem Festival internacional de Fotografia de Braga
e Artes Visuais Adorna with Gallery, Porto, Portuga
2022 – “An Elephant In LA” – Lisbon Film Rendezvous, Indie Short Fest
2021 – “Wonder Land” – Lisbon Film Rendezvous
2021 – “Marlene” – JellyFEST, Lisbon Film Rendezvous, FLICKFAIR, Indie Short Fest
2021 – “Civilization By Moonlight – Lisbon Film Rendezvous 2017 – “Interlaced” at Adorna Gallery, Porto, Portugal
2016 – World Media Festival Grand Award Winner; Astrid Awards Silver Winner for “Charles Smith Winery” video, Client – Gaggenau.
2015 – “Bloom” at SF Open Studio, Noonan Building, Pier 70, San Francisco, CA
2014 – “Portugal” at SF Open Studio, Noonan Building, Pier 70, San Francisco, CA
2006 – “Extrinsic” at the Wings Gallery, Wings Cancer Foundation, Memphis, TN
2004 – “Père Lachaise En Hiver” at the Alliance Française, San Francisco, CA 1997 – “Kodaliths” at the Union Street Gallery, San Francisco CA