EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH Kevin Rivoli
Lens Magazine|September 2021
Kevin Rivoli is a photojournalist whose work is published daily in newspapers and magazines across the country.

In 1987 Rivoli decided to pursue photojournalism. He taught himself how to shoot and landed his first full-time job at The Citizen in Auburn, New York, in 1988. In 1989 he was selected to attend the prestigious Eddie Adams II Workshop. That same year he was also was named National Press Photographers Association's Region 2 Photographer of the Year. Since then, Rivoli has won numerous state and national photo awards, including Region 2's POY again in 1991 and the New York State Associated Press Bruce Cromie Award in 1999. After eight years in Auburn, Rivoli became an assistant photo editor in Rochester, N.Y. In 2000 he decided to return to shooting as a full-time freelancer, with a client list that includes the A.P., the New York Times, and USA Today, among others.

While he loves photographing major sporting events and famous figures, one of his passions has always been photographing ordinary people doing ordinary things.

A Norman Rockwell enthusiast, Rivoli has always felt connected to Rockwell's work and credits the American icon with inspiring his passion for celebrating the ordinary and embracing the simple, everyday moments in life that happen all around us. It's that inspiration that leads to Rivoli's book project. In Search of Norman Rockwell's America was released by Simon & Schuster on Nov. 1, 2008. Unprecedented in concept, the book pairs Rivoli's spontaneous photographs side by side with Rockwell's iconic paintings, demonstrating that Rockwell's America did - and still does - exist. In addition, the book inspired a traveling exhibit that featured Rivoli's work alongside original Rockwell paintings. That show opened in June 2009 and toured the US, Canada, and Japan for two years. In addition, Rivoli continues to work on books and gallery exhibits. In 2016 Rivoli rejoined The Citizen as a staff photographer and was named National Press Photographers Association's N.Y./ International Region Photographer of the Year in 2017 and 2018.

Lens Magazine: Hello Kevin! Thank you for this interview. We would like to start from the beginning; let's talk about the way you have become a professional photojournalist. In 1989 you were selected and attended the prestigious Eddie Adams II Workshop; that same year, you were also being named National Press Photographers Association's Region 2 Photographer of the Year. What is your background in photography? What led you to this respectable recognition?

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