“I instantly fell in love with this form of communication called documentary photography that allowed me to be engaged, artistic and independent.”
Ryan went AWOL from the US Army and got a degree in Peace Studies. He has held solo exhibitions at the Nikon Salons in Tokyo & Osaka, The Fuji Film Salon, The foreign correspondents Club of Thailand, The Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan and more.
Ryan has received awards and grants from the Nikon Salon, W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund, The Pulitzer Center, Internews & more. He is a judge for the International Photo Awards, Photo Lucida’s Critical Mass & a nominator for Prix Pictet and the 6x6 Global Talent Program from World Press Photo.
In addition to his own work and exhibitions. Ryan founded and directs Documentary Arts Asia, a foundation for supporting emerging & established documentary artists in Asia. He also directs, Sakse Agency, Everyday Kachin, the Free Kachin Campaign, the Naw Ming Media Award & has directed 8 editions of photo/film festivals through the Chiang Mai Documentary Arts Festival.
Ryan has called Asia home for nearly 2 decades and he works primarily on self-assigned projects.
In the media
Outside Magazine Interview
Talk @ TEDx BKK
Talk @ TEDx Doi Suthep
Media Storm Interview
Mediastorm – giving voice and meaning to the most pressing issues of our time.
The diplomat – international current-affairs magazine for the Asia-Pacific region
Matador Network – The world’s largest independent travel publisher.
The Candid Frame – A podcast about photography, photographers and photographs.
Ignite Channel – stories about visual artists, musicians, writers, activists, inventors, and filmmakers
Kachin News Group – covering news in Kachin State northern Burma as well as the rest of Burma
Democratic Voice of Burma – Art knows no borders