Japanese American Women Speak

Daria Kobayashi Ritch

Daria Kobayashi Ritch: The 25-year-old photographer's uncanny ability to capture both the optimism and the angst of her favorite subject — artsy youth — has put on her on the radar of Nylon, i-D, GQ, Rolling Stone Germany and countless other indie mags, as well as brands like Garrett Leight, Calvin Klein and Pull & Bear. She was recently tapped by Marc Jacobs to capture the atmosphere of his Beverly Hills event for Daisy fragrance, and a week later, traveled to the Santa Monica mountains to photograph talent at Dior’s Cruise show. Her casting sensibilities and knack for finding the coolest person in the room have landed her street style assignments for Vogue, and even her celebrity subjects all have an undeniable air of indie, quirky charm in common. Cole Sprouse, Haim, Jesse Jo Stark, Rowan Blanchard, Clementine Creevy, Amandla Stenberg and Sasha Lane — even Kim Gordon and her daughter, Coco Gordon Moore, are among the creative (and woke) subjects who have stepped in front of Ritch’s mostly film cameras. Yet as extensive as it is, you might be surprised to learn that Ritch’s portfolio is only two years old. Her first big gig, a 10-page beauty spread for Nylon, was completed in 2015 while she was still finishing up her BFA in photography from Art Center College of Design, which she transferred to after two years at UCLA.