Paul Rider has lifelong roots in the Philadelphia area and earned his BFA in Photography from Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia, PA., (now University of the Arts). He received his MFA in Photography from Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah, GA.
Working in discrete series, Rider creates his imagery by constructing still life in the studio utilizing found objects and also through the use of abstract and documentary photographic styles. The compelling issue that has driven his work, is the interface and struggle between nature and manmade urban culture. All of his photographic projects share an elegant, visually compelling narrative and strong thoughtful, almost sculptural, composition.
In 2008-2010, he was a fellow at the Center for the Emerging Visual Artist in Philadelphia, PA. He was on of the founding members of the photographic cooperative Level 3 in Philadelphia, PA., where he also served as exhibition curator/coordinator. He has taught at the university level since 2003. Rider's photographs have been exhibited in Europe and throughout the United States.