My name is Luiz C. Ribeiro and I’m a full time professional photographer based in the New York City area. I was born in Diamantina, Brazil, and due to the dearth of opportunities and financial hardships my family and I faced, I began working at aged 16.
Around 18 I had saved up some money to buy my first camera – an Olympus Trip 35. This first camera was undoubtedly memorable. I didn’t know it or see it yet, but my life was about to change. I took my camera everywhere, especially while travelling in Brazil. It was amongst those first pictures that my love for photography was born. I had fallen in love.
In 1986 Brazil inflation was rampant, consequently leading to my move to New York. It was on that long flight, where my dream to pursue a career in photography came to conscience. I was 25 years old. Call it luck, hard work, perhaps my resolve, or just simply divine intervention, in 1993, 6 years after arriving in the US, I was hired by the New York Post as a Staff Photographer.
I had the extraordinary opportunity to work at the New York Post from 1993 to 2012, yet after 20 years at the Post, I decided to take my work experience to new heights.
As a photographer, I never take short cuts. When I travel on assignment, I normally carry all my prime lenses and at least two zooms.
Currently I’m a freelance photographer (guide) with AP Images, Invision Photo Agency and Folha Press (Brazil) and regularly I work for various non-profit organisations.
As a professional photographer with over twenty years of hands-on experience in news, commercial, fashion, sports, portraiture, nature photography, I believe that I have the mettle that is needed in a photographer to provide unique work.
A photographer’s job is much more than taking just pictures and I understand this quite well. I have an inherent ability to realize and capture compositions to show the world what the naked eye can sometimes not see. From fashion photography to capturing the beautiful world that nature has given to man, I have done it all. I understand that a photographer nowadays needs to have a technical hold on things. I am comfortable operating photography equipment and related software that are used to process quality photographs in this day and age.
My photos have appeared in nearly every major national and international publication including USA Today, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, US News & World Report, Time Magazine, Newsweek, Exame, Veja, Folha de São Paulo, books and many other publications.
I’m a member of the National Press Photographer Association – NPPA, The White House News Photographers Association – WHNPA, The New York Press Photographers Association – NYPPA, Associação de Reporters Fotograficos – ARFOC – Minas Gerais (Brazil) and Federação Nacional dos Jornalistas – FENAJ – (Brazil).
As a professional photographer, I think a great set of lenses and the cameras to support it are essential to create unforgettable images.
1 Canon EOS 1DX
2 Canon EOS 5D MKIII
1 Canon EOS 1N – (Film camera)
1 Canon G12
1 Samsung Galaxy EK-GC100
1 Lumix DMC LX5
1 Go-Pro Hero 3
1 Go-Pro Hero
Canon 20mm f/2.8
Canon 24mm f/1.4
Canon 35mm f/1.4
Canon 40mm f/2.8
Canon 50mm f/1.2
Canon 100mm f/2.8
Canon 17-40mm f/4
Canon 24-105mm f/4
Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8
LensBaby – Composer Pro
Canon Extender EF 1.4X III
3 Canon 580EXII
1 Canon 430EXII
1 Canon 270EXII
Quantum – Qtrio + 3 Turbo batteries
2 Bowens Gemini 500Pro Monolights and Travel Kit
(Travel kit: Umbrelas, Softbox, Grids, Stands, Triggers and portable battery)
1 Dynalite 1000W Pack with 2 heads and stands.
1 Acer – Aspire One used as backup-hard drive
1 Apple – MacBook Pro 750GB
Photo Mechanic (Edition)
1 Pelican 1610 Travel case with inserts
1 Lowepro Pro Runner X450 AW
1 Tamrac Model 691 Big Wheels Rolling StrongBox