Ryan Parker [American, 1989] was born in Twentynine Palms, California but was raised on military installations across the US and Japan until the age of 13. During that time, he was immersed in a culture which was ubiquitous and specific simultaneously. The aesthetics and subjects of his lens based practice emerged from these early experiences, and now shape his approach to art making. Currently, his practice is concerned with sacrifice zones, economic development, and a loss of home. 

Parker has exhibited his photographs with the Holter Museum of Art (Helena), the Yellowstone Art Museum (Billings), Usage Gallery (Brooklyn), Praxis Gallery (Minneapolis), The Center for Fine Art Photography (Fort Collins),  Atlanta Photography Group (Atlanta), Subjectively Objective (Detroit), Ejecta Projects (Carlisle), and Orr Street Studios (Columbus). In addition to exhibiting his work, it has been included in publications by Light Leaked, Subjectively Objective, and Pine Island Press. In 2016 he received a Sidney E. Frank Foundation Fellowship, and in 2014 the Edwards Family Endowment for the Arts. 

Parker holds a BFA from the University of Wyoming in Laramie, WY and an MFA from Montana State University in Bozeman, MT where he teaches and has his studio based.