Robert Kittila is an award winning advertising photographer and two-time Emmy winning cinematographer. Born in Japan and raised in Europe, Robert has been photographing since he picked up his father’s Yashica at the age of 14. He came to the States to study fine art photography at the Rhode Island School of Design and after two years opted to complete his education at the Art Center School of Design in Pasadena where he learned commercial advertising photography.
Robert launched his career shooting products and architecture, and in the late 1980s he switched to film, joining famed director and filmmaker Stacy Peralta shooting and editing groundbreaking skateboard videos. He followed that up with a series of action sports videos including the first three Hans “No Way” Ray mountain bike videos, and a series of 16mm comedy
shorts for the Fox Network. After relocating to Boulder, Colorado in 1994 Robert continued shooting action sports including skydiving videos, the MML Lacrosse and Warrior Lacrosse TV commercials. He’s also been director of photography on two feature films.
Today Robert continues to shoot architecture and commercial stills as well as a variety of video projects including the Emmy award winning Bloom: the Plight of Lake Champlain and Bloom: The Emergence of Ecological Design. He has taught lighting and camera techniques at the University of Colorado and the Colorado Film School, and is currently working on mastering aerial photographer from his powered paraglider. Robert is currently writing a definitive book on why we light due to be published this year.