Richard Liebowitz, hailing from Long Island, is a serial entrepreneur, photographer and Broadway Producer based in New York City, where his passion for photography is as ingrained as his roots. With a successful career spanning years of capturing the city’s essence through his lens, Richard has established himself as a talented professional in both visual storytelling and theatrical production.

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Richard’s journey into the world of photography began at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication in 2010. As a student, he immersed himself in the art of photojournalism, serving as the Photojournalist and Videographer for the Daily Pennsylvanian Newspaper. Additionally, Richard Liebowitz contributed his skills to 34th Street Magazine, First Call Magazine, and SPEC Film Society, showcasing his multifaceted talents and dedication to the craft.

Eager to expand his knowledge and expertise in photography, Richard Liebowitz seized the opportunity to intern with renowned photographer Bruce Cotler in New York City. Under Cotler’s mentorship, he gained invaluable firsthand experience and insights into the art and business of photography, which he later documented in his book, “Apprentice! Lessons Learned on the Frontlines of Life.”

Currently, Richard Liebowitz has transitioned into the realm of Broadway production, where his passion for the arts continues to thrive. As a producer of the 2023 Tony Nominated Play “A Doll’s House” and the 2022 revival of “American Buffalo”, Richard played a pivotal role in bringing acclaimed performances to the stage, showcasing his commitment to supporting and elevating the theatrical arts.

Besides his professional endeavors, Richard Liebowitz remains deeply rooted in his community, volunteering at The Bowery Mission. Through his contributions, he provides vital support to New Yorkers experiencing homelessness, poverty, or hunger, embodying the spirit of compassion and service.Richard Liebowitz exemplifies a commitment to excellence, creativity, and philanthropy in every aspect of his life. Whether behind the camera lens or the scenes of a Broadway production, his passion for storytelling and dedication to making a difference shine through, leaving an indelible mark on all who encounter his work.

Our Interview With Richard Liebowitz

Question: What’s the most important thing we should know about you?

Richard Liebowitz: I am a hard, diligent worker with any task that I perform. I am optimistic and always look at the glass half full. I am passionate, brave, and like to help others. 

Question: Name the most impactful lesson you learned from failure.

Richard Liebowitz: Learn from your mistakes and move on. Life throws you curveballs where you need to pivot but don’t let that consume your life. Life is too short and precious, surround yourself with positive and caring people.  

Question: What accomplishment are you most proud of?

Richard Liebowitz: Starting my non-profit photography mentorship program “CameraCares” with the Bowery Mission soup kitchen and shelter. The program is a one-on-one mentorship where the homeless work with professional photographers on learning the camera, composition, lighting, photoshop, depth of field, and more! Not only are the mentees learning about photography but also about life lessons and skills. 

Question: What did you waste the most time on when you were first starting your career?

Richard Liebowitz: I spent a lot of time looking at the past instead of looking into the future. You can’t go back in time, but you can learn from history, and improve what you did in the past.

Question: Name a tool you use for work that you can’t live without.

Richard Liebowitz: My computer and cell phone. It is essential for my work. As technology advances, these tools are only going to get better and better and will improve my and the world’s workflow.

Question: What is your favorite hobby and why?

Richard Liebowitz: My favorite hobby is playing golf. I truly love the game. The beautiful surroundings, nature, and wildlife bring a smile to my face every time I enter the tee box.  

Question: What excited you the most about your industry right now?

Richard Liebowitz: The ability to wake up each morning and really enjoy what I do. A market where the sky is the limit and there can be unlimited growth potential. 

Question: What’s the greatest risk you’ve ever taken?

Richard Liebowitz: Going into a business I knew nothing about. Jumping into situations and dilemmas that I needed to think about on the spot.  

Question: Name one small habit that positively impacts your productivity.

Richard Liebowitz: Working smarter. If you think before you do something, it goes a long way. Think about your next move like a chess game, be strategic and always think about what the next person is going to do.

Question: What tips do you have for getting a seat at the table?

Richard Liebowitz: Be a nice person. If you show respect, are caring, and are truly a wholehearted individual, you should get what you want, even if it takes a bunch of tries. 

Question: Do you value intelligence or common sense more? Why?Richard Liebowitz: I value common sense. If something is too good to be true, there is something wrong. Be true to yourself and use what your heart says is the right thing to do.