School of Visual Communication at Ohio University - BS
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About Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee
Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee is a New Orleans based photographer. A native of Chicago raised by social worker parents, he studied photojournalism at Ohio University. Since 2004, he has worked as intern for Lauren Greenfield, a staff photographer at the Orange County Register, and as a freelancer for ESPN Magazine, the New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, New Orleans Magazine, Arthur Hardy Mardi Gras Guide, OffBeat Magazine, and many others. Beyond his editorial work, Ryan collaborates with numerous New Orleans nonprofits, businesses, and artists such as Jazz and Heritage Foundation, WWOZ, Birdfoot Festival, Make Music NOLA, Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame and others to reach the public with photography that is both compelling and culturally responsible.
Working closely with WWOZ since 2012, Ryan has provided the nonprofit local radio station with an archive of photography to elevate their site and social media platforms. In 2016, at Ryan’s urging, WWOZ began featuring his photo essays paired with writing from members of the community. For WWOZ’s 2017 Fall Pledge Drive, the station will produce a series of postcards shot and designed by Ryan. The postcards promote the culture and music WWOZ cherishes by showcasing Ryan’s images.
Ryan has developed a close relationship with the Mardi Gras Indian Tribe ‘Monogram Hunters’ and together they are working to spread awareness of their artistic traditions. In 2014 audio engineer Joe Stolarick and Ryan recorded an album of traditional music and interviews of the tribe. This summer Ryan will produce a zine documenting the Monogram Hunters. These projects will provide the Monogram Hunters with a platform to showcase and raise money to continue their yearly tradition. Ryan is also collaborating with Zack Smith and a growing group of photographers and culture bearers to develop a community group to improve the sometime contentious relationships between the culture bearers and documentarians.
Ryan has a number of long running personal projects exploring culture, music, and landscape in New Orleans and other communities across the nation. His website rhrphoto.com offers multi-media essays incorporating photography, text, audio, and video. Images from these projects have been featured in local, national, and international exhibits, collections, and books. Upon viewing Ryan’s website and his photographic ode to the city, New Orleans Music legend Allen Toussaint said, “I went to your website and what a site (sight) it is! Wonderful presentations.”