Paul Rider is a Philadelphia based artist having earned his BFA in Photography from Philadelphia College of Art, Philadelphia, PA., (now University of the Arts), and 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. One compelling theme that has driven his work, is the interface and struggle between nature and manmade urban culture.
In 2008-2010, he was a fellow at the Center for the Emerging Visual Artist in Philadelphia, PA. He was one of the founding members of the photographic cooperative Level 3 in Philadelphia, PA., where he also served as exhibition curator/coordinator. He has taught photography at the university level since 2003. Rider's photographs have been exhibited in Europe and throughout the United States in museums, university and commercial galleries, and at various visual art centers. In 2021 Rider was a finalist in Fresh 2021, Fresh Annual Photography at Klompching Gallery, NYC.