Kimberly Ovitz American, b. 1983
"While the beauty of our natural environment is the subject of my photography, an underlying message is about time. The amount of time we have is finite and the passage of it…is permanent. We only have this one lifetime to make a real impact on what matters to us most."
- Kimberly Ovitz
Kimberly Ovitz is a photographer, filmmaker, designer, and entrepreneur using art and commerce to inspire and accelerate change. She took up photography at an early age, always with a camera in hand. Since the late 90’s, she has devoted much of her time to visual storytelling - through photography, film, and design. As a teenager, she interned for photographer Herb Ritts on editorial cover shoots such as Brad Pitt for Vanity Fair, Jennifer Aniston for Rolling Stones, and Brittney Spears for Vogue.
She received her BA in History of Art and Architecture, and Public and Private Sector Organizations from Brown University in 2005, where she initially studied film photography - developing images the old fashion way, in a dark room. Her first photography show was a senior thesis titled “Absent”, a collection of nude portraits highlighting the innate beauty of the female form juxtaposed with complexities around the inner relationship to self. During summers, she did several test shoots for American international modeling agency, Ford Models, and later for Wilhelmina.
In 2009, the former fashion designer launched a critically acclaimed, eponymous women’s apparel brand. She was featured in top global publications including W Magazine, Vanity Fair, The New York Times, InStyle and the American, Spanish, and Brazilian editions of Vogue.
After closing her women's wear brand in 2013, Ovitz became interested in using photography and film as a conduit to inspire change for animals, humans, and this one planet we all share.
She attended USC School of Cinematic Arts’ intensive directing program in 2018, where she wrote, produced, and directed her first short film, “Wildlife”. A year later, she was director’s assistant of the feature film “The Absence of Eden", a film starring Zoe Saldana.
The onset of the pandemic in 2020, brought a welcome challenge to step outside the container of fashion and portrait photography, shifting her focus towards landscapes and the natural world.
This documentation allowed for her continued exploration around relationship to self and other, which grew her fascination around the idea that we are all connected - we are one - animal, human, and planet, ultimately aiming to reconnect humans with the natural world. A better self, leads to better connection, leads to a better world.
Over the past decade, Ovitz has worked with The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and other organizations as an animal rights activist. She co-founded Humane Generation LA, a partnership with HSUS, and sits on their California state council to drive and support legislative change.
Outside of the studio, Ovitz is an ashtanga yoga teacher, deepening her constant awe of light in both its spiritual and physical form, further informing her perspective and how she sees the world.
She currently produces photography and film with a message.