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.
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.