Ryan Parker was born in Twentynine Palms, California and spent his childhood growing up on military bases. During that time, he was exposed to landscapes and methodologies which became critical influences on the aesthetics and subjects that are explored in his work today. His work has addressed the influences of infrastructure space, and industrial design on environmental development. 

Parker received a BFA from the University of Wyoming and later received a MFA from Montana State University. He currently lives in Bozeman, Montana where his photographic studio is based. In addition to working as a photographer and curator, he is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Art at Montana State University where he teaches within the foundations department. 
Parkers photographs have been featured in publications such as, The Vernacular of Landscape and Observations in the Ordinary, books curated by Noah Waldeck of Subjectively Objective, Empty Places: Abandon Spaces an survey juried by Ross Anderson published by The Praxis Gallery and blogs such as, New Landscape Photography, an international art blog curated by William Cummer.

Currently, Parker is working on a Documentary Project of the Silver-Bow Creek Butte Area Superfund site, considering how the role of a "Prescribed View" affects our understanding and mediation of sacrifice zones.


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