Photograph Daily Podcast: Meet Ryan Vizzions
September 16, 2020 | Source: Monroe Gallery of Photography
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September 16, 2020
Meet Ryan Vizzions, a photographer who started making pictures at the most difficult time of his life after losing his father to suicide. He quit his job at a Fortune 500 company, travelled half way across the world to Bangkok, a place chosen randomly from the spin of a world globe, to find himself alone in the midst of civil unrest in Thailand during the 'Red shirt protests' of 2010. It was to be a trip that shaped his photographic future covering stories of injustice and protest.
Ryan has since photographed protest and the plight of protestors whilst building what you could describe as a more ‘regular’ successful commercial photography business, but it’s clear where his passion lies, in making photo documentaries about social injustice. It’s a journey as you’ll hear in the continuation (part 2) of this story that has landed him with a government agency file. Today he is one of the growing voices in the photography community that believe it has become harder to tell photo stories with the freedoms once enjoyed.
Ryan Vizzions: "Defend The Sacred", Standing Rock, Cannon Ball,Photographs copyright Ryan Vizzions. Not to be reproduced or used without express permission of the photographer.
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Thailands reds and yellows, a story published on the BBC website and a further article on the protests of 2010
NPR’s report on COINTELPRO