The Swedish Association of Professional Photographers
About Anders Ryman
Anders Ryman is a photographer and writer based in Sweden. He spent a year doing anthropological fieldwork in Samoa, Polynesia, in the 1980s during postgraduate studies in cultural anthropology at Uppsala University. After returning to Sweden, he decided to dedicate himself to photography and writing, at first focusing on the South Pacific region before going on to work worldwide.
Ryman’s photographs and illustrated articles have been published in many magazines internationally, including Animan, GEO and National Geographic Nordic.
Ryman works on assignments for various clients and also pursues his own projects. The largest of these was Rites of Life, which explored life cycle rituals around the world.
First released as a book in 2008 and published in seven different languages, Rites of Life was awarded the Swedish Publishing Award in 2009. The project also spawned a number of exhibitions, featuring large open-air installations in major city centers including London, Copenhagen and Stockholm.
To date, Ryman’s work has featured in more than 50 exhibitions and been honored with various awards and grants, including working grants from the Swedish Authors' Fund and the Swedish Arts Grants Committee. His Rites of Life exhibition in London received UNESCO patronage, the organization’s highest form of moral support.
Lately, Ryman has worked on the Romani Voices project, both as a photographer and as an organizer of a traveling outdoor exhibition that in 2013 and 2014 toured 10 Swedish cities. The work was done on assignment for the Swedish museum Upplandsmuseet, for which Ryman also produced a book, Romska Röster (Romani Voices), which was nominated for the Swedish Publishing Award 2015.
Romani Voices sought to spread knowledge about the Roma and their situation in society and to encourage people to reflect on questions of racism, exclusion and marginalization. Large-sized portraits, together with interviews in Swedish, Romani and English, were exhibited in public places such as squares and pedestrian streets and visited daily by large numbers of people from all walks of life.