Ruth GittoI was born, not with a golden spoon in my mouth, but rather with a camera in my hand. While some children memorized the multiplication table, I memorized aperture and shutter speed combinations. Although I loved photography, I saw how my dad struggled to earn a living and decided I didn't want to follow in his footsteps. Ironically, shortly after I married, my husband decided to purchase a camera store, and so I never moved far away from photography. Over time, I became sole owner of one of the major professional independent camera stores on Long Island. I attended the Leica School, the Nikon School and the Rollei School. I taught photography, and wrote articles for trade publications. Eventually I sold the store, and spent a number of years working in the Audio Visual Industry and the Professional Broadcast Video Industry, where I was able to utilize my photographic background.

I purchased my first digital single lens reflex in 2005, and then attended a workshop on digital Photography at the Santa Fe Workshop, given by Sean Duggan. This turned out to be the beginning of the end of denying my passion for capturing light. After completing the workshop I decided I wanted to share, not only my vision, but that of my dad, John H. Popper. And, being a sort of computer geek, what better way then to create a website to share our images with you. I have also taken a photographic workshop at the Woodstock Photographic Workshop, given by Elizabeth Oparenik, another wonderful photographer. I am currently a member of the Board of Directors of PWP (Professional Woman Photographers) as well as a member of NAPP (National Adobe Photoshop Professionals), and the Sierra Photographic Club.

My work has appeared in the following galleries:
May 2007 - Borough President Office of Manhattan
June 2007 - New York Mercantile Exchange in New York, NY
December 2007 - Soho Gallery in New York, NY
February 2008 - Umbrella Arts in New York, NY
February 2008 - The New York Hall of Science in Flushing, NY
May 2008 - Pen & Brush in New York, NY
..... note: This show was juried by Roy DeCarava and three of my black and white images were accepted
June 2008 - Foto Foto in Huntington, NY
September 2008 - Pen & Brush in New York, NY
...... note: My image 'Bridges' received honors and was featured in this show
September 2012 - Garrison Gallery, Garrison, NY
2013 - Included in Hedwig Brenner's book, 'Judische Frauen in derbildenden Kunst V' (Jewish woman in photography)