Staff Member is Published Photographer

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As the multimedia producer at Moore, Dave Rizzio helps tell the story of the College.

Rizzio, of South Philadelphia, creates videos and communication pieces for the marketing/communications department. A staff member since March, 2012, he earned his BA in Graphic Design & Traditional Sculpture from Alfred University in New York.

Rizzio has worked in design firms, advertising agencies, private not-for-profits, and even an international heavy manufacturing corporation. Moore is his first foray into the higher education sector.

“I like working at Moore because I’m able to tell all the amazing stories that are happening here,” he said. “I enjoy capturing the inspiring stories of the students, faculty and staff.”

Rizzio is also an amateur photographer, capturing the inner workings of Philadelphia skateboarding culture, an interest that he and his friends have shared for years.

“All my friends growing up were skateboarders, and I wasn’t really a very good skateboarder so I started taking pictures,” he said.

After college, Rizzio and his friends returned to the Philadelphia area, around the same time that the city prohibited skateboarding at Love Park. The city built an asphalt slab underneath I-95 in FDR Park in an effort to supply an alternative location.

“A bunch of my friends, not really knowing what the city was going to do, in the dark of night drove pickup trucks full of cinder blocks and concrete and built our own concrete skate park, filled with a much better variety of terrain,” he said. “The first 8 to 10 years of the park’s existence I was down there taking pictures, mixing concrete and getting blisters.”

A few of his skate boarding friends got together and secured a book deal for a visual history of the park. FDR Skatepark: A Visual History, was published last year by Schiffer Publishing LTD and features five of Rizzio’s photographs. The book is currently sold on and in Borders bookstores.

“I was very excited to see my work in print,” Rizzio said. “I only ever took pictures for myself and my friends so it was interesting to be called upon… It’s fun to hang out with all these people and partake in their experience and document it. The book is a mixture of work by professional photographers and others like me.”

While the skate park is still thriving today, Rizzio doesn’t visit as often because most of his friends have moved out of town. He is also busy running after his two-year-old daughter, Greta, with his wife, Katie.

“It’s a whole new crop of skateboarders now making their own memories,” he said.

Rizzio’s work is currently featured in the “Focus on Moore Staff" display case near the dining hall at the College.

FDR Skatepark // Dave Rizzio Images + A Visual History Documentary
Published on August 13th, 2013