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Meet Rayme Silverberg of Rsilverberg.com in Downtown Los Angeles

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rayme Silverberg.

Rayme, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Photography came into my life abruptly, and without warning. I was living in Chicago, in the middle of a career path in arts administration, living in a tumultuous home, and calculating every which way to get off my path. One day, in the middle of a pity party, I found a Canon t2i sitting on a dusty shelf, and immediately saw it as a micro scapegoat to get me out of the house. I started taking classes at Richard Stromberg’s Chicago Photography Classes, where I met Richard, a veteran of photojournalism, and one of the kindest human beings. I was inspired by his adventures, his integrity, and passion for documenting the world and all of its broken beauty. I fell in love with photography. Not so much for the end result of the image, but mostly for the act of capturing. It made me get out of my house, and then out of my head. It then gave me a voice, and a means to talk to people. I then learned how to see people, right through them. I learned to see them bigger and more dynamic then they sometimes could, and I learned to capture them in their truth.

I then learned that photography was not just an art, but a responsibility. A type of intimacy that should be cherished, celebrated, and always respected.

Since that summer, Richard passed away, and I always hold his memory in my art making. I moved to LA (a year and half ago) to challenge my perspective, work with the best, expand my business, and be a stand for women in photography and filmmaking.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I have come to accept (and even appreciate) struggle as a necessary evil in the process of art making. I am always in a process of discovery. The second I feel like I’ve achieved mastery in some shape or form, I immediately move to the next challenge, whether that’s practicing new techniques, testing new subjects, or pushing my business into uncharted territories.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Rsilverberg.com – what should we know?
Rsilverberg.com represents my work as a photographic artist and writer. I specialize in portraiture, documentary, and “un-” traditional head shots. I’m proud to be a stand for women in film and photography. I consider my style a versatile twist of class, funk, honesty, and movie mythos.

All photographers are unique, but what I feel sets me apart is how and what I listen for when photographing someone. I don’t try and mold my clients to fit “my style”. To me it’s a collaboration, and as a result, my clients can relax and be themselves.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
When I started learning my camera, I was under the wing of Richard Stromberg, a Chicago photojournalist, prominent for his work in exposing racial discrimination in the city’s ambulance services during the 1970’s.

He saw something in me, and helped foster a muscle of curiosity and empathy that I didn’t know I had, nor had access to.

Richard passed away months after I started taking pictures, and I always hold his memory in my art making.

Other important influences include Richard Katz, and Nick Sinnot, who were also my mentors, and continue to run Richard’s school.

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