Adam Ryder was born and raised in the Washington D.C metropolitan area and lives in Brooklyn, NY. He is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts’ MFA program in Photography, Video and Related Media and studied art history and studio arts at Clark University. Ryder’s photographic work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in group and two-person shows and he is represented by Uprise Art.
Ryder has been the recipient of an individual artist grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, an artist residency at the Center for Land Use Interpretation in Utah and a gallery fellowship from Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington, D.C. His work has spanned traditional photographic methodologies and has variously explored the interrelationships between architectural praxis and science fiction set design, archival fictions and contrived classical cults of power.
He’s the author of Selections from the Joint Photographic Survey a photobook published by Conveyor Editions (2016) and winner of PDN’s 2017 Photo Annual photobook award. The book is predicated on the discovery of lost archives from an archeological expedition authored by a colonial entity operating in the Southern Levant in the early twentieth century. Ryder chronicles the story of this collective endeavor through carefully constructed black and white images, original text, and calculated slippages that challenge the authority of colonial values, the historical archive, and the photography itself.
Ryder has also co-curated photographic and new media exhibitions, including “Social Media” with Pace Gallery and at NutureArt in Brooklyn as part of the curatorial collective Rational Formal. He’s been a contributing writer for several publications, including Photograph, Popular Photography and American Photo, where he interviewed artists, reviewed exhibitions and covered cultural and technological trends in lens-based media.
Ryder has taught at the Community College of Rhode Island, The New York City College of Technology and has served as a thesis advisor for the MPS program in Digital Photography at the School of Visual Arts.