Photographer/artist Darryll Schiff's first photos were taken in elementary school, but his formal photography education was at the Institute of Design. Beginning in graphic design with Cosmo Campoli, he fell in love with the art of photography, studying with Arthur Siegel, Joseph Jachna, Gary Winnogrand, and Aaron Siskind, and was one of only three undergraduate students represented in the Student Independent Portfolio.

" In my pictures there is nothing arbitrary. Everything belongs there. The camera is the last thing I think about after hours, days, at times even months to formulate and refine my thoughts. Then this is translated, oftentimes in quite complex ways, to visual imagery."

Continuing to work on his fine art, after graduation he also pursued a successful career in commercial photography, shooting assignments for Los Angeles Magazine, Rolling Stone, San Francisco Magazine, Women's Wear Daily, Stern, Geo, Beverly Hills Magazine, Capitol Records, Charles Jourdan, and Pepsi. Darryll's list of celebrity clients include Tea Leoni, Mark Harmon, Jason Patric, Holly Robinson, Sela Ward, Pat Riley, Regina King, Chazz Palminteri, Jasmine Guy, and Robin Williams.

"I have always worked on my fine art. My background is art. My mother and sister are accomplished artists and both graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago where I started classes when I was 8 years old. This explains much of how I translate my artistic vision through photograpy. The camera is my tool, but just a tool. Anyone can become reasonably proficient with it and most people start from the point of view of how it works technically. The act of photography does not enter into my thoughts until I have solidified what I want to say. The technique is very secondary to the resulting image. Among other things, I am questioning our perceptions of reality and what is observable and comprehensible."

Mr Schiff's art appears in many noteworthy institutions, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Art Institute of Chicago, George Eastman House, Norton Simon Museum Pasadena, and in many private collections.