Ryan Schude



Ryan Schude specialized in  editorial, advertising, and fine art photography.  Born in the greater Chicago area in 1979,  Schude moved to California in 1997, migrating up and down the coast before settling in Los Angeles.  He has made a name for himself among emerging photographers, and those in the business respect him for his knack for controlling lighting, props, models, environments — and for his ability to tell a cinematic story with just one frame.

“My background spans everything from shooting natural light, street photos in black and white film, to the staged tableau that you will see [above]. The goal of each photo is to create a narrative which has a specific concept, but also allows the viewer to develop their own story.” – Ryan Schude 



Them & Theirs – Annie McCain Engman from Ryan Schude on Vimeo.


City and year of birth: Greater Chicagoland area, 1979
Current city: Los Angeles
Education: San Francisco Art Institute
Public/Museum Collections: Amorepacific Museum of Art, Korea
Bakersfield Museum of Art
Solo/2 person shows: Galerie 64bis, Paris, 2009. Bleicher Gallery, 2011, x-ist Gallery
Istanbul 2014, bG Gallery 2014, Santa Monica
Book: Schude, Roads Publishing (September 25, 2015)
PX3, Prix de la Photographie paris, Advertising, 2nd Place, 2013
PDN, Objects of Desire, 1st Place, 2012
PX3, Prix de la Photographie Paris, Portrait, Gold Award, 2012
Magenta Flash Forward, Emerging Photographers, 2009
PX3, Prix de la Photographie Paris, Discovery of the Year, 1st place Fine Art, 2008
PX3, Prix de la Photographie Paris, Advertising, Self Promotion, 3rd Place, 2008
PX3, Prix de la Photographie Paris, Fine Art, Other, 3rd Place, 2008
Digital Photo Pro Magazine, Epson Competition, 1st Place Fine Art, 2008
Art Director’s Club, Young Guns 6, 2008
PDN, Pix Digital Imaging, 2008
PDN, Faces Competition, 2008
Smashbox Studios, Face Off, 2nd Place, 2007
Smashbox Studios, Face Off, 1st Place, 2006
Selected Press:
PICTURE THIS: Ryan Schude’s photographs, Dailymail, August 2015
This Epic Party Shot Took 60 Frames and Lots of Champagne, Wired, July 2015
LA photographer Ryan Schude’s new book, Schude, Culture24, July 2015
Rainbows and mischief: Ryan Schude’s California dreams–in pictures, The Guardian, July 2015
An Interview with Photographer Ryan Schude, Booooooom, April 2015
The Photographer Re-inventing American Retro, Messy Nessy, October 2014
Fantastic Fine Art Photography by Ryan Schude, Inspiration Hut
The Argonaut
Slate (Them & Theirs)
This Is The What
Rangefinder Magazine
The Photographic Journal
Digital Photo Pro – Feature Story
Heather Morton -Art Buyer – Feature
The Apiary – Interview about the Margaret Cho cover
Photo District News – John Kieselhorst, Editor’s Choice
Cecilia Marshall – Art Producer – Glasshouse Review
Rachel Hulin – Phoot Camp Story
Aesthetica Magazine
JPG Mag – Feature
1979-1997 – Greater Chicagoland Area
1997-2003 – San Francisco Bay
2003-2006 – San Diego
2006-Current – Los Angeles
Group Shows:
As Above, So Below, bG Gallery, Santa Monica, April, 2015
LA Projections, Galerie 23, Bordeaux, France, October, 2014
Myths, Santa Monica Art Studios, May 2013
These Friends, THIS Gallery, Los Angeles, April 2013
Projek’t LA Part 2, Space 1520, Los Angeles, April 2013
L.A.te – Bakersfield Museum of Art, June-August 2012
Photoville, Phoot Camp Gallery, Brooklyn, June 2012
California Love, The Forge, Los Angeles, April 2012
Photovacation, Albena, Bulgaria, September, 2011
What If, Chicago, August 2011
Giant Steps, DIY Digital Gallery, Los Angeles, June 2011
Busta and Schude, Bleicher Gallery, Los Angeles, April 2011
Redefining Hollywood, the Factory, Los Angeles, April 2011
This Is A Photo Show, Studio 9 at 33 West, Los Angeles, April 2011
Los Angeles After Dark, Edgar Varela Fine Arts, Los Angeles, April 2011
Sound/City Scapes, Broadway Art Space, Santa Monica, CA, April 2011
American Dollhouse, Godo Gallery, Glendale, CA, February, 2011
Projek’t LA, Space 1520, Los Angeles, August 2010
Look Between, Deep Rock, Charlottesville, VA, June, 2010
Transplants, THIS gallery, Los Angeles, April, 2010
Madrid Modern Gallery, Spain, 2010
Magenta Flash Forward, Fotoweek, Washington DC, November, 2009
Magenta Flash Forward, Lennox Contemporary, Ontario, Canada, October, 2009
Magenta Flash Forward, Griffin Museum of Photography, Boston, MA, April, 2009
Summer of Love, Nomi, Los Angeles, May, 2009
Lucie Fresh Fairs, Santa Monica, California, 2009
Aids Ride Benefit, Smashbox Studios, Culver City, California, 2009
Art Director’s Club Young Guns Show, New York City, 2008
Prix De La Photographie, Winners Exhibition, Paris, France, 2008
Slideluck Potshow, San Francisco, Madrid, Florence, Stockholm, NYC, 2007-2010
Face Off, Smashbox Studios, West Hollywood, California, 2007
Slideluck Potshow I, II, III, VI, Los Angeles, 2006, 2007, 2012
Smashbox Studios, Culver City, California, October, 2006
Under a Rock, Treehouse Gallery, Los Angeles, 2005
Hearst Art Gallery, Moraga, California, 2001