|Ryan Gauvin (b. 1983) is a documentary photographer currently residing in Vancouver with his wife Lara and their two cats. He holds a BA in Geography from Simon Fraser University, and an MFA in Documentary Media from Ryerson University. Ryan is primarily concerned with long-term work that challenges sanitized, simplified views of complex situations and environments.|
With his first major work, A Hard Path, Ryan partnered with the International Campaign for Tibet, and was recognized for the work at the 2009 New York Photo Awards and 2009 PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris. The work was later shown as part of the 2010 Fotografia Festival in Rome.
Since completing A Hard Path, Ryan has been working on a project on golf course workers entitled The Greenskeepers. Shot while Ryan himself was working as a greenskeeper, this body of work reconceptualizes the largely forgotten Worker Photography Movement of the early-mid 20th century in a contemporary context, while turning the typical notion of the golf course as a place of leisure on its head. The Greenskeepers was featured on Burn in 2010, and the New York Times Lens in 2011. Ryan is currently engaged in writing the accompanying text for The Greenskeepers.