“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 Brighton Museum, the Pingdong Art Museum, The foreign correspondents Club of Thailand & Japan + many photo festivals.

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 6×6 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 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.

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Phone : 083-153-7763 TH        Email : Ryan@doc-arts.asia

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selected images of my exhibitons

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 NetworkThe 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