Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee is a New Orleans based photographer. A native of Chicago, he studied photojournalism at Ohio University. Since 2005, he has worked as a staff photographer at the Orange County Register and as a freelancer for ESPN Magazine, the New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, New Orleans Advocate, Bitter Southerner, New Orleans Magazine, OffBeat Magazine, Gambit, Aurthur Hardy's Mardi Gras Guide, Antigravity, Art+Design, Chicago Magazine, Le Parisien Magazine, Jazzism, and many others.

Beyond his editorial work, Ryan collaborates with numerous New Orleans nonprofits, businesses, and artists such as Jazz and Heritage Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative, WWOZ, New Orleans Mayors office, Birdfoot Festival, Make Music NOLA, NOLA Green Roots, Cha Wa, Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame and others to reach the public with photography that is both compelling and culturally responsible.

Ryan also has a number of long running personal projects exploring culture, music, and landscape in New Orleans and other unique communities across the nation. His website offers multi-media essays incorporating photography, text, audio, and video. Images from these projects have been featured in local, national, and international exhibits and collections.

Bio image by Paul Andrews


Born 1981 in Chicago

Graduate 2005: Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication (B.S.)

Lauren Greenfield Intern 2004

Orange County Register - Staff Photographer June 2005 - Dec 2006


The New York Times, PDN, Conde Nast Traveler, The Times Picayune, Le Parisien Magazine, Eide Magazine, Jazzism, Gambit, 100 Eyes, New Orleans Magazine, NPR’s American Routes, OffBeat Magazine, Antigravity Magazine, NOLA Defender, Southern Glossary, Momentum, Mindful Metropolis, Chicago Magazine, Crains Business, Southeast Ohio Magazine

Clients:WWOZ Photographer Volunteer Jan 2012 - Present

Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame December 2014 - Present

Jazz and Heritage Foundation November 2014 - Present

Birdfoot Festival Artist 2014 and 2015

New Orleans Mayor’s Office December 2014 - Present

Make Music NOLA September 2014 - PresentCamellia Brand Red Beans January 2016 - Present

Exhibited work:

“Louisiana Culture Exhibition” - 2 pieces in group show at US Embassy Moscow and in permanent collection, 2014

“Indian practice at Kermit's” piece at 40x30 in Jazz & Heritage permanent collection at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center

“Queens Rule” 2 piece in group show at McKenna Museum - 12/6/14 - 03/14/15

“City Creatures” book via University of Chicago Press (pub Oct 2016) and show at Peggy Notebaert Nature  Museum (Chicago) in Oct 2016 a collective work by Center for Humans & Nature“A Year and Some Change” solo exhibition at Scott Edwards Gallery, New Orleans - Feb-Apr 2013,

Milwaukee Ave Arts Festival - Bloomingdale Trail (group show): 2011,

Chicago Architecture Foundation Chicago River Exhibit: 2012

Nudge Gallery (Chicago), 2011

"Mysteriously, wonderful, I bid farewell to what goes, I greet what comes, for what comes can not be denied, and what goes can not be detained." 

- Chuang Tzu