Del Ryder is an Orange County, California visual artist (photographer) with an M.S. from Syracuse University. Originally from NY., he was an Instructor of Photography at the State University of New York/Tompkins-Cortland and the executive director of PhotoVisions, an artist's cooperative gallery of photography. He exhibited in twenty-five shows in the U.S. and Canada. Following an exhibition of new color work at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, NY., his photographs were entered into their permanent collection. He then opened a photography studio for three years in Syracuse for commercial advertising work. Sensing a great opportunity in the rapidly expanding business and advertising community of Southern California and in hopes of realizing a long held dream, he decided to take a chance and move his family to Seal Beach and launch his business in Santa Ana, CA. Five years later he moved to Irvine and a larger studio with full service food prep/kitchen facilities enabling him to take in more work.
The new studio, specializing in commercial product and food photography, served local, national and international clients.* His work was used on packaging, in brochures, annual reports, trade shows, television and magazine advertising. The Art Directors and Designers of Orange County, ADDOC, presented him with an award for advertising photography at their annual awards ceremony.
In national competition he won the Gold Award for Magazine Photograph of the year for a double page spread appearing in Orange Coast Magazine. A feature length article on his work including photographs and his working methods ran in Studio Photography & Design Magazine.
He retired from commercial photography in 2010 and is on the road again as a fine art photographer. He lives in Huntington Beach and is traveling, creating new work, and preparing for upcoming exhibitions. Del is currently designing the layout of new photographs for a book scheduled for publication in 2022.
*A Partial Client list:
Allergan, Apple Macintosh, Avis, Beatrice Hunt-Wesson, Bentley Mills, Breyers, Coca Cola, Del Mar Avionics, FireTrac, F.X. Matt Brewing Co., ICN Pharmaceuticals, Ingram Micro, Knudsen, Lawry's, Marathon, Inc., Philips Electronics, Ocean Pacific (Swimwear), Orange Coast Magazine, Quantum Health Resources, TRW (Northrop Grumman).