Ryan is currently based in Vancouver, BC, Canada working on his most recent body of work concentrating on the Downtown Eastside. His work also comprises reportage, editorial assignments, nudes and fashion.
He also worked as the Staff Photographer for SEA Globe Magazine in Cambodia. Ryan traveled on numerous and diverse photo assignments throughout the Kingdom and region over a three year period. One particular highlight from his time spent working in South East Asia was working alongside German Director Detlev Buck and German Actor David Kross as the Stills Photographer on the set of "Same Same But Different."
He graduated from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, BC, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts.
CANADA, Vancouver: A dozen individuals were selected from their respective areas of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and invited into the studio. With its proximity along East Hastings and Columbia streets, the studio provided me with a rare opportunity to photograph and document many of the neighbourhoods familiar faces in a neutral setting highlighting the raw, gritty and contrasting features that make them unique to this area of the city.
A mix of people comprising low income residents, sex trade workers, First Nations, persons of disabilities, mentally ill, drug dealers, business owners, healthcare professionals and addicts add to and compliment an already existing body of documentary work.
CANADA, Vancouver: A city attempts to overcome its societal ills confronting a plague of mental illness, drug and alcohol abuse, prostitution, homelessness and rates of HIV/Aids nearing third world levels. Concurrently, the effected community faces an economic eviction that threatens to uproot its low-income residents from the very same local support networks and innovative social programs meant to reform them in one of the world's most livable cities.
CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh: Officially known as the Tonle Bassac Apartments or White Building, is a Phnom Penh icon known infamously for prostitution, drugs and child trafficking in modern Cambodia. Originally designed and constructed as alternative apartment housing for employees of the state in the early 1960's, the modern apartment complex quickly fell into disrepair with the advent of war and later a liquited populace.
In what is now viewed as Phnom Penh's pre-eminent slum, a journey into "The Building" reveals much much more, comprising a unique and strangely beguiling microcosm of Khmer society.