Ryan Lobo was born in 1973 in Bangalore. After a Bachelors degree in Science he left for the US in 1996 to do a Master’s degree in Cell Biology. Towards the end of his course Ryan returned to India and with a friend, set up an advertising agency called Opus CDM. In 2000, Ryan co-founded Mad Monitor Productions, a film and photo production company. Ryan has traveled the planet shooting and producing more than 70 films to date on subjects ranging from Taliban drug farmers, Papua New Guinean tribal initiation rites and American maximum-security prisons to the culinary enjoyments’ of Anglo Indians. His films have aired on the National Geographic Channel, Animal Planet, The Oprah Winfrey Show and PBS among other networks.
During the process of film making Ryan found his still photography almost compulsive. He feels that photography often allows him greater fulfillment and endeavors that it gives voice to people and stories without.
For the last decade his photographs and writing have been featured in magazines like Tehelka, Outlook Traveler, Marie Claire, Elle, The Wall Street Journal, Geo, Time Out, The Boston review, Chimurenga, The Caravan, Onzeweruld and Bidoun magazine among others. His photographs have been exhibited all over India and are a part of many collections.
He joined Tasveer in 2006. In 2009, Ryan shared his photographs and his ideas on storytelling at the TED conference, to a standing ovation. From 2007 to late 2010, Ryan co-produced the independent feature length documentary “The Redemption of General Butt Naked” which won for best cinematography at the Sundance film festival in early 2011. He is currently based in Bangalore and his website is www.ryanlobo.net and his blog is at www.ryanlobo.blogspot.com