From isolated figures suspended in a milky Icelandic hot spring, to the hive of a teeming music festival, to recruits in training at a Marine base in Parris Island, Ryan Mastro distills the energy of human endeavor into his striking images. His work chronicles vibrations. Sometimes the vibrations are low and deep, approaching stillness, as in his portraits of performers at the historic Newport Folk Festival or remote landscapes from around the world.
Often the energy of Ryan Mastro’s photographs is the resonance of the vibe: a rendering of the dynamic heat generated by live performance at music festivals. With his 360-degree coverage of backstage dynamics between band mates, the expectation of devoted fans and the kinetic power onstage, Ryan has produced some of the most iconic images of the Bonnaroo, Coachella and Newport Folk festivals, where he is an official photographer. He has captured a wide range of artists, including Radiohead, My Morning Jacket, Phish, Tool, B.B. King, The White Stripes, Jay-Z and Arcade Fire.
Ryan also extends his vision into video work, directing music videos, live performance and documentary footage. He is the director of video content for the Newport Folk Festival.
Whether capturing a sweeping vista or coming in close for an intimate portrait, whether creating images for editorial or commercial use or pursuing his personal project of documenting Marines in the making, Ryan’s feel for the pulse of a scene is what gives his work dramatic resonance.
Ryan Mastro’s work has appeared in various books and galleries and has been recognized by PDN, Billboard and the International Photography Awards.