Nina Wurtzel has been photographing professionally since the age of 16. While pursuing a professional ballet career, Nina learned photography by assisting on travel shoots for the Greek National Tourist Board and Epirotiki Cruise Lines (when the ballet company was on break). She also taught herself studio lighting by doing headshots of her colleagues.
Nina was one of the main photographers for 7 years at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, where she was dancing. During that time she also photographed the cover and feature articles for Dance Magazine, the first ad campaigns for Gaynor Minden pointe shoes and Trienawear dance apparel. Nina has photographed countless dance and theater companies over many years, and is still passionate about it.
After retiring from dancing, Nina worked in advertising and still does freelance graphic design and retouching. The understanding marketing and graphic design helps Nina create images that are targeted for their intended purpose, while also incorporating movement, and personality.
In addition to her own work, Nina is currently assisting New York City Ballet's photographer Paul Kolnik.
Photo left, by Charles Chessler Photography.
Photo below, self portrait at The School of American Ballet
“We were looking for a photographer who could capture family moments without it looking staged. Nina Wurtzel captured every moment without ever disrupting the family dynamic. She was easy to work with and captured every moment in beautiful light. It was private and intimate, and we are thrilled with the results.”
– Julianna Margulies, Actress, The Good Wife
"Nina Wurtzel is definitely a creative force to be recognized. Her wide breadth of imagination evokes the passion and elegance of dance in her photos and transports the viewer in her magical photographic world."
– Desmond Richardson, Co-Founder/Director, Complexions Contemporary Ballet
“Nina is able to capture not only key performance moments but the energy inside the performance. She is a consummate professional who is also a sensitive artist and shoots in a completely unobtrusive manner. Quite simply, she is a phenomenal photographer to work with.”
– Kim Weild, Founding Artistic Director, Our Voices Theater