Gil Ortiz has an extensive background in the arts and continues to explore new avenues of creative imaging for individuals, groups and business’ using digital and traditional photographic methods.
Born in Los Angeles he grew up in the downtown area. “Earning a Living” began with, household moving (family business), grocery store cashier, and gas station attendant. When he landed a job in a photo lab (he found his calling), soon after he began to document life around him.
A job offer to assist New York photographer, Richard Beattie took him to the Big Apple where he continued to develop an edge and his own style. His travels include work in Europe, Scandinavia, the Caribbean, Latin America and plans for projects in China.
Gil has worked with sports figures ranging from Mohammed Ali to Freddie Roach and celebrities including Keith Richards and Tom Waits (music), Kent Twitchell (muralist) and Cesar Chavez (social activist.) Pablo Ferro, Fred Mogubgub, Tommy Schlamme (film/animation) Corporate and Organizational clients include Sony, 20th Century Fox, Fiduciary Trust NYC, Big Brothers of New York, Waterville, Ballybunion and Old Head Golf Clubs in Ireland and the Lost Canyons Golf course in Simi Valley, California.
His work and collaborations have appeared on television, “FYI” an Emmy award winning show (as the primary still photographer), Time Magazine, in books from Brad Cooney’s “Lets Talk Boxing” to “Against the Grain: Mad Artist Wallace Wood” and numerous shows around Los Angeles including Cal State Los Angeles, Da Gallery, Millard Sheets Gallery, the Latino Art Museum, and featured in the New Yorker Magazine.
Gil now lives and continues to document life in Los Angeles with a special interest in the human side of sports.