Oscar O’Ryan is a South African photographer and videographer specialising in capturing movement and dance. He regularly works with a range of theatre and dance companies, capturing rehearsal, performance, marketing and studio photography. His clients include The Baxter Theatre, The Cape Dance Company, Jazzart Dance Theatre, The Baxter Dance Festival, Infecting the City Festival, Dance For All, New Africa Theatre, and Skenkonst Sormland (Sweden).
Oscar’s work was selected as a top ten entry in the media category of the Ramsay Media Picture the Change photo competition and his photo story, The MOTION Project, was included in the official programme of World Design Capital Cape Town 2014. He has shown solo exhibitions at the Cape Town City Hall, Youngblood Gallery, The Baxter Theatre Centre and Side Street Studios.
As videographer, Oscar has worked on numerous documentary films and travelled across the continent, filming Getaway to Africa
for the BBC and Discovery Channel. He has created film work for the theatre productions “I hit the ground running” and “Struck
Silent , both produced by the Baxter Theatre in collaboration with Skenkonst Sormland. Oscar’s dance film works produced by
Darkroom Contemporary have screened at the Burgundy International Festival of Video Dance (France), Agite Y Sirva (Mexico), British Film Institute (UK) and the GLAMY Awards (Finland).
Oscar is co-founder of Darkroom Contemporary (est. 2010), a Cape Town based physical theatre company and non-profit organisation. As project manager for Darkroom Contemporary, Oscar oversees all aspects and logistics of the organisation’s work
including staging productions, dance film work and development projects, and is closely involved in the organisation’s growth.