His book, People, is one of my favorite books and I look through it regularly for inspiration. He has an uncanny ability to place images next to one another, creating really exquisite pairings and groupings. This portrait of a ballerina from the New York City Ballet was the one single image that inspired me to photographs dancers for over a year. It was because of him that I embarked in one of my largest and most complete projects yet.
Stefan Ruiz is one of my favorite photographers. I love that he has a very particular voice that carries throughout the entirety of his work, it be a portrait, a landscape or a still life. I also love that although he does a great deal of commercial work, it never feels "commercial." What I mean by that is that I am not necessarily able to tell whether a picture was a national campaign, or a portrait of his sister... because he shoots honestly, he sees all things with his very own eyes and not with someone else's. I'm not one to separate the two and say that the work that you do commercially has nothing to do with the rest of your work; but many photographers unfortunately think that it has to be that way.