Riego Van Wersch is one of those artists whose work stops you in your tracks. It’s as though you can’t just glance casually at his images and walk away – once you have seen them, you are in for a ride to the finish. And that could take a little time because his beautiful and extremely thoughtful photographs not only invite you into their unique worlds, they drag you into them. Once you lay eyes on his images , it’s impossible not to look.
Riego lives between Paris and the United States, but is constantly traveling the world to capture iconic images for some of the world’s most renowned companies and brands. In addition to his long list of commercial credits as a director of photography, Riego is a photographer magnifique! His photos are all individual works of art and they all tell a different story about life, the world and how it is seen and felt by the artist himself. Riego is a self-taught photographer who became quite obsessed with visual art when he was just 11 years old. If you’ve seen any of Riego’s pieces you certainly understand that he obviously was very thorough about his photography education. He had his first exhibition when he was 17 and at 24 he graduated from and became the Director of Photography at Gobelin’s School of the Image in Paris.
Since then, Riego Van Wersch has photographed countless commercial and print ads, both nationally and internationally. He has become a very well known and influential director of photography for commercials, ad campaigns, and film productions. His luscious and exquisitely stunning commercials range from L’Oreal, John Frieda, Lamborghini and Dior to Corrine Bailey Raye, Ferragamo Signorina, Toyota, Coca-Cola, Hugo Boss and Volkswagen. These are all high end, global brand names and no doubt his work has played on almost everybody’s TV screens. However, these are just a few names picked randomly by this writer out of literally hundreds of commercials that Riego has shot during his esteemed career. As shown by his list of impressive commercial credits, L’Oreal and their prestigious marketing agency McCann Erickson are some of his most beloved repeat clients. Through such work, Mr. Van Wersch has filmed many internationally renowned celebrities and models such as Scarlett Johansson, Kate Moss, Jennifer Lopez, Blake Lively, Julianne Moore, Jane Fonda, Eva Longoria, among many others.
His visually striking commercials and photographs demonstrate that Riego is at the top of his career, not to mention at the top of the game in general. He is the creme de la creme when it comes to cinematographers. Each one of his finely crafted and artistically produced spots bare his original signature; they all scream silently that “Riego was here.” His signature, of course, is his impeccable cinematography and we can see perfection in each frame he shoots. Riego’s work shows that he is indeed a very conscientious person, craftsman and artist, who has securely established himself amongst the most elite international cinematographers of his generation.