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.)

Photojournalism focus with studies in design, layout, website constuction, and audio.

OU’s The Post newspaper - staff photo Nov 2000 - assistant photo editor April-June 2001 - photo editor June 2001- June 2003

Lauren Greenfield Intern 2004

Orange County Register - Staff Photographer June 2005 - Dec 2006

Manager, tutor, and mentor at Dr. Bill’s Learning Center (Chicago) 2007-2011

Freelance photographer 2007-present

WWOZ Volunteer Photographer 2012-present

Published in:

ESPN Magazine,  National Geographic Travel, Forbes, The New York Times, New Orleans Advocate, PDN, Conde Nast Traveler, The Times Picayune, Le Parisien Magazine, Jazzism, Gambit, Where Y’at Magazine, Art+Design, 100 Eyes, Arthur Hardy’s Mardi Gras Guide, New Orleans Magazine, NPR’s American Routes, Bitter Southerner, OffBeat Magazine, Antigravity Magazine, NOLA Defender, Southern Glossary, Haydel’s Mardi Gras Guide 2016, Pitchfork Music Festival, Momentum, Mindful Metropolis, Chicago Magazine, Crain’s Business, Southeast Ohio Magazine


Rouses Market, Camellia Brand, WWOZ, Le Petit Theatre, CAC, Bent Media, Jazz and Heritage Foundation, Ogden Museum, Birdfoot Festival, Make Music NOLA, Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame, Krewe of Muses, Red Beans and Rice Krewe, New Orleans Mayor’s Office, Tales of the Cocktail, Cha Wa band, One Love Brass Band, Glen David Andrews, Miss Linda Yaka Mein, Little Gem Saloon, Canal Street Bistro, NOLA Green Roots,  

Solo Exhibits:-New Orleans installation Buffa’s Bar January-November 2017

-“A Year and Some Change” solo exhibition at Scott Edwards Gallery, New Orleans - Feb-Apr 2013.

-Carnival installation, 12 20x16 images at Buffa’s Bar January-November 2017

Group Exhibited work:

-“Louisiana Photography Biennial” Curated by Don Marshall group show November-December 2017 at New Orleans Art Center

-“Louisiana Photography Biennial” Curated by Don Marshall group show October - November 2016 at New Orleans Art Center

-“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, 2014

-“City Creatures” book via University of Chicago Press (pub Oct 2015) and show at Peggy Notebaert Nature  Museum (Chicago) Oct 2015 - Jan 3, 2016 a collective work by Center for Humans & Nature

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

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

-Chicago Architecture Foundation Chicago River Exhibit: 2012

-Nudge Gallery (Chicago), 2011


-“All Dat” by Michael Murphy photography by Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee pub 2018

-“Winfield 2017” zine by Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee pub 2017 at Antenna

-“Winfield 2016: Flood Stage” zine by Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee pub 2016 at Antenna

-“September Song” by Bob Hamrick main contributing photography Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee pub 2016

-“The Way I See It” group photo book pub 2016

-“City Creatures” group work by University of Chicago Press pub 2015

-“A Year and Some Change” by Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee self published 2013

"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