I grew up bouncing around Western Canada for the first 20 years of my life and ended up in Vancouver, BC at the end of 1999 where I am currently located and working as an artist & photographer.

Everyday I think about photography and I almost always have a camera with me, just in case.  Through my work I love to capture images that create a sense of familiarity and become increasingly more interesting the longer you look at them.  I love people watching and having a camera allows me to compose my memories and share interesting stories and scenes. I’m fascinated with the ability to create candidness and honesty in still images, catching that singular moment that speaks for so much longer than it existed.

Some of my career highlights include; photographing for the Dali Lama, photographing members of Canada’s 1972 summit series, Chelsea Handler asking me to come on stage with her to make photos in front of a sold-out crowd, working with Juergen Teller on a remote shoot, having my first photo book published as well as having my images exhibited and published both nationally and internationally.

contact for commissions, assignments, portraits, travel, collaborations, prints or free advice

Instagram: @ryanwalterwagner
Selected Press:
The Tyee - Photo Essay
Broad - Feature
Beatroute - Feature
Vancouver is Awesome - Feature
Loser City - Interview
Archive Collective - Feature
Noice - Feature

Selected Solo Exhibits:
2021 - Through the Window - Port Moody, BC
2017 - Hair - Vancouver, BC
2015 - And So I Practice Turning People Into Trees - Vancouver, BC

Selected Group Exhibits:
2019 - Vancouver Street Photography Collective - Vancouver, BC
2016 - Dreams - Vancouver, BC
2015 - Prove It That You Like Me - Toronto, ON
2014 - This Must Be The Place - Vancouver, BC

2012 - Ondarte - Akumal, Mexico

Other Projects:
What’s Good - Photography Podcast
Hidden Horoscopes
Good Side