Ricardo Napoli is a Brazilian born photographer and videographer who has called New York City home since a young age. His work over more than a decade of shooting professionally spans from fashion and commercial photography/videography, fine art documentation of works by premier contemporary artists, to skateboard photography/videography. His works can be seen in books and magazine publications worldwide, he has also supplied visual goods for major sneakers and skateboard brands.
Napoli draws creative energy from his surroundings and develops his own style and techniques to achieve his artistic visions. His photographs seek to capture the humanity and emotional complexity of the city and its unique sub-cultures. In 2016, Napoli was invited to take part in the first "Adidas Art Show" in New York City, where he exhibited a selection of his skateboard photographs and portraits.
Taking a departure from still photography, Napoli released his first full-length film “Making It Happen” in early 2017. Filmed in parts and directed by Napoli, it is a skateboard film inspired by New York City that features established locals international skateboard talents. The film was screened in many countries and was featured at the Mimpi Surf and Skate Film Festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2017.
In early 2019, Napoli released a second feature length film “Ciao” which he shot, produced, and directed. Following the theme of his prior release, this film showcases local skaters and the diversity of styles of skate visitors from around the world who have come to leave their mark on the Big Apple. The film premiered in Tokyo, screened in New York and São Paulo amongst many other cities internationally, and it is being featured at the Vladimir Film Festival in Fažana, Croatia in 2019.
Napoli is currently based in Toronto, Canada, where he continues to hone his craft professionally, and remain personally invested in connecting and collaborating with creative minds from around the world.
Publications & Clients
. Thrasher magazine . Rag & Bone . Complex Magazine
. DC Shoes . Converse Cons . L.R.G
. Sephora . Bershka . Vibe shoes
. Cadence (Paris) . Solo Magazine . Nike SB
. SkateBoard Journal (Japan) . Stand by project . Vista Art Magazine (Brazil)
. 7 Capas ( Argentina) . Adidas . Chrystie NYC