Rita Chu uses creative expression to find truth and meaning in life. She creates original self-directed bodies of work photographing life’s spirit in unconventional ways. Over the years, the journey of making a photograph has been an outer reflection of Rita’s inner voice asking her to see the present as a present to be shared. Her photography practice evolves as she moves in majestic landscapes, seeing things differently and capturing awe inspiring energies in all facets of life.
Rita Chu is an exhibiting landscape photographer based in St. Louis, Missouri. Rita has a master’s degree in economics from New York University. Her latest body of work, “River Life” captures landscape portraits along the Missouri, Mississippi, and Lower Ozarks rivers in the Midwest region in the USA. In 2019, "Inner Life," a collection of flower portraits, was shown at the Emerging Immigrant Artists exhibit at the Missouri History Museum. In 2016, her solo exhibit, “Iceland Journeys,” a landscape series, was shown at the Gallery at the University City Library. From 2014 to 2017, Rita’s photographs of the St. Louis Asian Community were part of the “Missouri Immigrant Experience” exhibit displayed at museums and galleries in Missouri and Washington DC. In 2015, she was selected as a delegate to the International Photography Hall of Fame’s Photography Collaborative with Nanjing, China. In 2011, “Quiet Time,” a portrait of a couple in thoughtful respite in Venice, Italy received the Blue-Ribbon Award from Chesterfield Arts. Her work is in private collections throughout the USA.
Rita’s photography is shaped through workshops with Stewart Halperin, Robert Bullivant, and other industry leaders. When she is not paddling down (or sometimes up) an American river, Rita is number crunching at her day job, flowing at a Pilates studio, and living life with family and friends.