I'm Del Ryder, an Orange County, California visual artist (photographer) with an M.S. from Syracuse University. I was an Instructor of Photography at the State University of New York/Tompkins-Cortland and executive director of PhotoVisions, an artist's cooperative gallery of photography. I've 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., my photographs were entered into their permanent collection. I then opened a studio specializing in advertising photography. Early success with advertising agencies in Syracuse gave me the confidence to push harder in attracting advertising photography accounts across the country. Sensing a great opportunity in the rapidly expanding business and advertising community of Southern California and in hopes of realizing a long held dream to move there, I decided to take a chance and move my family to Seal Beach and launch my business in Santa Ana, CA. It took a year to get up to speed with my competition and five years later I moved to a larger studio in Irvine, CA with full service food prep and kitchen facilities enabling me to service my growing client base.
The new studio, specializing in commercial product and food photography, served local, national and international clients.* My 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 me with awards for advertising photography on two separate occasions at their annual awards ceremonies.
In national competition I 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 my work including photographs and my working methods ran nationally in Studio Photography & Design Magazine.
I retired from business in 2010 and returned to fine art photography. I now live in Huntington Beach, just four miles from Seal Beach where my 'California Adventure' began. Recently, covid had me hunkered down a bit, but I dodged the bullet and I'm out there again creating new work. I'm currently working on the layout of a new book scheduled for publication in mid 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, Taco Bell, TRW (Northrop Grumman).