Rita Dibert was born in Flint, Michigan in 1946. She originally trained as a painter, before she took up photography. She has worked with many different processes, but she is best known for her hand-tinted photographs using infrared film. All of her photographs are taken with either a Leica M3 or a Busch Pressman 4-by-5. The color Dibert employs in her photographs has been said to heighten the drama of the situations depicted on film.
Ms. Dibert has taught for over thirty years, including a period at Pomona College as Assistant Professor of Art / Artist in Residence, with a joint appointment to the Claremont Graduate School from 1979-1986. She currently resides in Wanganui, New Zealand, where she is involved with running the photography course at the Wanganui Polytechnic. She still deals with issues surrounding Aids in her work, and has an upcoming installation show at the Sarjeant Museum in Wanganui in October 2002.