I'm a Minnesota-based photographer and film maker working primarily in Minneapolis. I capture editorial and commercial imagery with a journalistic approach, telling visual stories with integrity. As an avid cyclist, I love capturing the stories and environments of the natural world. 

As staff photographer at 89.3 The Current since 2010, I've captured photos and video of the countless studio performances with bands that visit the station, as well as many live performances at venues in Minneapolis and St. Paul.  

I graduated from Carleton College with degrees in Studio Art and Geology. I love to bring my diverse experiences and knowledge to an assignment – whether it's photo or video.

Nate Ryan
 c. 814-404-1407


"I had an assignment in Minneapolis and Nate came very highly recommended by someone I’ve worked with, respect, and enjoy working with. From the start, Nate was simply a joy to work with. I knew I didn’t have to worry after our initial exchange. He followed the art direction well and on top of that gave me several more options. It was a bonus. He went beyond the call of duty. His images were incredibly beautiful. I am very happy we had this opportunity to work together and am looking forward to many more collaborations with him."
– Leslie Dela Vega (RollingStone Digital Photo Editor, now New York Times)

"My dear, kind, wonderful, silly, brilliant friend Nate Ryan took the most honest picture of me. He was able to capture my truth. I've never seen a picture that calmed me down and made me say, okay, yes, it's me. That's me. That's who I am. Striving to be the calm, proud, intelligent woman in that beautiful chair every day. Thank you Nate for bringing me closer to understanding myself, through your friendship and through these photos."
– Lydia Liza (Musician)

“We asked Nate to do a particularly challenging job - to help us tell personal and heartfelt stories from corporate employees at a 3-day conference hosted at a large and bland-looking convention center. Nate’s sensitivity through the lens to the interviewees and their stories imbued our video with a level of authenticity and honest, spontaneous testimony that is rare in corporate videos. His hand-held camera work featured little movements and zooms that were impeccably timed, and although subtle, created a greater connection between subject and viewer. He also employed creative problem-solving to stage the interviews in areas throughout the convention center that made the setting appear visually rich, while balancing the audio needs against a challenging, noisy backdrop. We couldn’t be more enthusiastic about the job that Nate and his team did!"
– Eli Cane (Normal Life Pictures. NY, NY)

"I have reviewed much of the footage from the shoot and you did a wonderful job. We have a ton of great stuff to work with! Thank you so much for your participation in this project." 
– Paul Chapin (CEO/Executive Creative Director Initio Advertising, Minneapolis) Kickstart campaign for Urban Undercover



2017 APA Annual Award - photojournalism




2016 American Photography 32 chosen winner

Communication Arts

2016 Communication Arts Photo Annual Award Winner - Advertising Category.

Communication Arts

2014 Communication Arts Photo Annual Award Winner - Advertising Category.

Selected Client List:

The New York Times
Wall Street Journal
Smithsonian Magazine
Rolling Stone
Sony Music Masterworks
Minnesota Orchestra
Red House Records
Secret Stash Records
Doomtree Records
89.3 The Current
Classical MPR
MPR News
Minnesota Alumni Magazine
Cincinnati Magazine
Carleton College
Carleton College - The Voice
Star Tribune (advertising)

Olson Advertising
Initio Advertising
Pocket Hercules
Clarity Coverdale Fury
CPC Intersect
We Are Manufacture
Lifetime Fitness
Minnesota United FC
Specialized Bikes
Donkey Label
Search and State
The Nature Conservancy
Sleep Number
Merrill Lynch
Briggs and Morgan




Images © Nate Ryan, Minnesota Public Radio