Ryan Lobo is a filmmaker and photographer. In 2009 Ryan spoke about what he calls “compassionate storytelling” with photography to the TED conference, to a standing ovation.
In 2001, Ryan co-founded Mad Monitor Productions, a film and photo production company based in Bangalore and Washington DC. His films have aired on the National Geographic Channel, National Geographic Channel International, Animal Planet, The Oprah Winfrey Show and PBS among many other networks and Mad Monitor productions” currently manages and produces film and photo expeditions internationally. His images and/or writing have been featured in numerous magazines like GEO magazine, Outlook traveler, Marie Claire, Elle, Tehelka, Better photography, The Wall Street Journal, Bidoun, The Caravan, Time Out, National Geographic Magazine, the Boston review, Chimurenga, Onzeweruld, the Wall Street Journal and many more.
Ryan co-produced the film “The redemption of General Butt Naked” which won an award for Best cinematography at the 2011 Sundance film festival.
His photographic prints have been exhibited all over India and in Europe and he is a photographer with “Tasveeer”.
As a photographer and filmmaker, Ryan Lobo uses his exquisite lens to capture humanity and nature at their most open and vulnerable moments.
Why you should listen
During a recent shoot on the streets and beaches of Chennai, Ryan Lobo turned his lens on men and women in relaxed, after-work poses. His starkly beautiful black-and-white photos, Lobo writes, reveal what it’s like “to be young, employed and alive in Chennai today, regardless of one’s language, economic class or social skills.” This follows the theme of Lobo’s career: breaking down stereotypes while reframing the landscape.
Since 2001, Lobo has been taking haunting stills of everything from Yakuza tattoos and the illegal organ trade to the Indian middle class. He’s worked as a field producer on many nature-oriented shows for National Geographic and founded Mad Monitor Productions, a production company based in Bangalore and Washington, D.C. There’s no scientific, economic or sociopolitical boundary Lobo isn’t willing to cross. His intense fieldwork continues to illuminate his traveling (you can read about his journeys and see photographs on his blog) and a forthcoming book project.
What others say
“I have attempted to delve beneath clichés and with photographs tell stories about the secrets, trials and ethos of urban Chennai.” — Ryan Lobo
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Ryan Lobo has traveled the world, taking photographs that tell stories of unusual human lives. In this haunting talk, he reframes controversial subjects with empathy, so that we see the pain of a Liberian war criminal, the quiet strength of UN women peacekeepers and the perseverance of Delhi’s underappreciated firefighters.
TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Featured speakers have included Al Gore on climate change, Philippe Starck on design, Jill Bolte Taylor on observing her own stroke, Nicholas Negroponte on One Laptop per Child, Jane Goodall on chimpanzees, Bill Gates on malaria and mosquitoes, Pattie Maes on the “Sixth Sense” wearable tech, and “Lost” producer JJ Abrams on the allure of mystery. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and TEDTalks cover these topics as well as science, business, development and the arts.
Artist Talk by Ryan Lobo during the Delhi Photo Festival 2013.
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