Born 1953 in Wr.Neustadt, studied musicology, journalism and political science at Vienna University. He founded the Austrian Jazz magazine “Jazzlive“ in 1983. Jazz photographer since 1973. Exhibitions in Wiesen, Nickelsdorf, Wien, Paris, New York, Burghausen, Tokyo, Boston, Washington, Buenos Aires, Mar del Plata, Zürich and Pescara since 1980.
Music in colour and shape shown by the visualized version of Jazz - When Rainer Rygalyk declares his love to music. Up to now Jazz photography dealt mainly with the portrayal of musicians. Rainer Rygalyk uses a completely new method. In his photography the music itself makes its way on to the screen. In the tense and passionate relation between musician and musical instrument, the instrument becomes all-important and assures us of one final conclusion: music can as well be seen. (NDR)