About

Photojournalism & Design. Bread & Roses.

My love of photography began in high school, when I picked up my parents' old manual Minolta x370. Through two colleges, a semester in Costa Rica, a year of community organizing, 3 months hitchhiking through South America, hundreds of protests and a few large clouds of tear gas, that little camera was always by my side.

When I discovered that I could combine my talents in photography with my desire to work for social change I knew photojournalism was the field for me.

After earning a Master's degree in Journalism from the University of Texas-Austin, I worked for the award-winning Spanish newspaper Rumbo de Austin before joining the staff at the Greeley, Colo. Tribune and their Spanish weekly La Tribuna.

Upon moving to Chicago in 2008 I freelanced for a variety of newspapers, and began to work with young people and share my love of photography and journalism as an After School Matters instructor. In 2009 I found a home at Erie Neighborhood House, a non-profit serving the immigrant community for over 140 years. I worked at Erie as the youth department's Digital Media Coordinator until March 2017, when I transitioned to my current role as Associate Director of Marketing and Communications. 

Finding the story-telling moment is still a challenge of which I never tire. My heart lies in documentary photojournalism, and in-depth documentary projects are my passion.

Feel free to get in touch, I’d love to hear from you.

-Riza

rizatrillium [@] gmail.com

Side Note: Trillium grandiflorum, commonly known as great white trillium or wood lily, is a beloved spring woodland wildflower. It is native to rich woods and thickets from Quebec to Ontario to Minnesota south to Alabama and Georgia. Leaves, petals and sepals all come in groups of three (source: Missouri Botanical Garden)

It is also one of my mother's favorite flowers, hence my middle name.