Nate Ryan is an editorial and commercial photographer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His work is driven by a deep curiosity about the world around him and his desire to learn, and he finds joy in the surprising doors that only a camera can open.
For 10 years as the staff photographer for Minnesota Public Radio’s 89.3 The Current, Nate photographed and filmed some of the nation’s most popular musicians.With a degree in both Studio Art and Geology from Carleton College, Nate brings a diverse range of knowlage to his projects.
Keeping things easy going is the goal - nate specializes in portraying real people in inspiring ways. He loves to infuse advertising projects with the same depth and personality as he does with his documentary photojournalism and portrait work.
Being married to an epidemiologist means I’m taking Covid-19 seriously - read more about what I’m doing to make work as safely as possible at this time here
American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP)
American Photographic Artists (APA)
National Press Photographers Association (NPPA)
One Percent for the Planet
AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHY: AP36, AP34, AP32
COMMUNICATION ARTS: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014
APA ANNUAL AWARD: 2017
Clarity Coverdale Fury
The New York Times
Wall Street Journal
Minnesota United FC
The Nature Conservancy
Briggs and Morgan
Sony Music Masterworks
Red House Records
Secret Stash Records
89.3 The Current
Minnesota Alumni Magazine
Star Tribune (advertising)
We Are Manufacture
Search and State
De La Salle High School
“We faced the challenge of how to get the job done safely during a pandemic. Nate led our team through that uncertainty with thoughtful and thorough planning, flexible approaches for production, clear guidelines and safety measures on set, and remote shoot access options. The shoot went smashingly and the images turned out as beautifully, but the energy and joy of being able to work together safely in spite of difficult circumstances was the unexpected surprise.” – Beth Elmore (Production Services Director, Preston Kelly)
"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 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)
"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. You were able to capture my truth. 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. 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. We couldn’t be more enthusiastic about the job that Nate and his team did!"
– Eli Cane (Normal Life Pictures. NY, NY)