About

Ryan Koopmans (BA, MFA) is a Dutch Canadian photographer interested in the built environment and the societies that are shaped by those environments.


Born in Amsterdam (1986) he was raised on Vancouver Island, in British Columbia, Canada, completed his undergraduate education at UBC in Vancouver, and in 2012 received a Masters of Fine Art in Photography, Video & Related Media at The School of Visual Arts in New York City.

 

His undergraduate degree in the interdisciplinary practices of geography, art history, and psychology formed the basis for his interest in architecture and the communities living in that architecture.

 

Koopmans is primarily drawn to photographing surreal structures in our world’s megacities and urban landscapes. Formal qualities in their geometry, repetition, and saturation help him illustrate what he terms ‘the poetry of form in interesting locations.’

 

In essence, his work documents the points of intersection where the natural and manmade converge. He credits his upbringing on Canada’s rugged West Coast, where distances and vistas are vast, as to why he often photographs from a removed perspective, embracing a large sense of scale.

 

Currently based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, the majority of the year

Koopmans travels around the world for both personal and assigned photography & video projects.

For his advertising portfolio please see the projects on SIREN Creatives 

Awards & Exhibitions

Architectural Photography Awards 2018

World Architecture Festival: Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Netherlands: November 28-30, 2018

Edition III India Architecture Dialogue 2018

Exhibition: Moments In Architecture

Amity University, Gurugram, India: September 1-30, 2018

Edition II India Architecture Dialogue 2018

Exhibition: Moments In Architecture

Red Architects, Mumbai, India: July 31 - August 13, 2018

 

Solo Exhibition

Sanatorium: Images from Tskaltubo

Galerie Konstart, Stockholm, Sweden: June 20, 2018

Four Freedoms Park

Capture Your Freedom – Group Exhibition

Roosevelt Island, NYC, USA: June 15 - onwards 2018

Architectural Photography Awards 2017

Building Images: Winners Showcase

Sto Werkstatt, London, UK: February 8 - April 27, 2018

Magenta Foundation

Flash Forward 2018 Top 100

The Magenta Foundation, Toronto, Canada: 2018

 

India Architecture Dialogue 2018

Exhibition: Moments In Architecture

Qutb Complex, Delhi, India: February 9-28, 2018

ARCAID Image Awards 2017

World Architecture Festival: Arena Berlin

Berlin, Germany: November 15-17, 2017

 

Solo Public Exhibition

Standard Vision Labs

4 Story Screen - Downtown LA

Los Angeles, USA: August 13-21, 2017

PHI Contemporary Photography Festival

Traveling Without Moving

BASE Milano

Milan, Italy: June 2-4, 2017

 

The Syngenta Photography Award

Exploring Global Challenges

Grow / Conserve Group Exhibition

Somerset House

London UK: March 9 – 28, 2017

 

Unearth X Paradise Now

Canon NL Presents: Ryan Koopmans & Luca Marziale

De Merkenwinkel Gallery

Amsterdam: September 26 - October 2, 2016

PDN’s 30 – 2016

Named as one of 30 new and emerging photographers to watch by Photo District News

Tokyo International Foto Awards

Paradise Now: Honorable Mention

Tokyo, Japan:  2016

 

ARCAID Image Awards 2015

Winners Showcase: Building Images

Sto Werkstatt

London UK: February 5 – March 25, 2016

 

ARCAID Image Awards 2015

World Architecture Festival: Nominations

Singapore: November 4-6, 2015

 

World Press Photo 2015

‘Storytelling After Dark’ Workshop

First Place Award - Judged by Magdalena Herrera and Ziv Koren

Amsterdam: April 24 – 25, 2015

 

Green River Project

Photo Show

Group Exhibition

Hillside, New York: November 14, 2015

 

Andrew Krepps Gallery

Darren Bader: photographs i like

Group Exhibition

NYC: May 15 – June 21, 2014

 

Filter Photo Festival

Mapping: borders, bodies, memories

Group Exhibition

David Weinberg Gallery

Chicago: September 19 – October 6, 2013

 

Modern Nature Gallery

Paradise Now: Solo Exhibition

Los Angeles: April 27 – July 27, 2013

UNICEF

Next Generation 3rd Annual Photo Benefit

R 20th Century Gallery

New York City: May 30, 2012

 

The Horticultural Society of New York

Photography Competition – Staff Pick Winner

Project Gallery at The HORT

NYC: August 16-31, 2012

 

New York Photo Festival Invitational

Powerhouse Arena

New York City: May 16 – May 20, 2012

 

NY Photo Awards 2012 – Student Winner

Powerhouse Arena

New York City: April 2012

 

SVA MFA Thesis Exhibition

Paradise Now: hardcover artist book

110 x 74 cm archival inkjet prints

Visual Arts Gallery

New York City: June 2012

 

Milan Design Week

Semifinalist in “AuthentiCity” Contest

Salone del Mobile

Milan, Italy: April 14 – 19, 2010

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