About Oscar O’Ryan

OSCAR O’RYAN (b 1978, South Africa) is a photographer and videographer specializing in capturing movement and dance as well as reportage style visual stories. He works with a range of theatre companies including 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), capturing rehearsal, performance, marketing and studio photography. He has launched various personal projects which focus on storytelling through photo reportage and has shown solo exhibitions at Youngblood Gallery, Let There Be Light, City Hall and the Baxter Theatre Centre.

As videographer, Oscar has worked on numerous documentary films and travelled across the continent, filming Getaway to Africa for the BBC and Discovery Channel. Since turning his focus towards movement and theatre waboutmeork, Oscar has created film work for the theatre productions I hit the ground running and Struck Silent, produced by the Baxter Theatre in collaboration with Skenkonst Sormland in Sweden. 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), Foreign Exchange (Paris, France) and the GLAMY Awards (Finland). He is represented by Hero Creative Management.

O’Ryan is co-founder of Darkroom Contemporary, a Cape Town based experimental dance theatre company, where he implements photo and video projects geared towards raising the profile of dance as art form. In 2012 Oscar launched his ongoing photo story The MOTION Project, aimed at showing the connections between the body in motion and urban architecture, set against the visually diverse background of the City of Cape Town. The MOTION Project continues, with past exhibitions shown at Youngblood Arts & Culture Development, Side Street Studios, The Baxter Theatre Centre and the Cape Town City Hall, and as official project of World Design Capital Cape Town 2014.

Oscar continues to travel the country and the globe as a full time visual artist, constantly expanding his knowledge of photography and videography


AVL (Berlin) Advertising Agency
ACTIS (London)
Dunns Clothing
Camp David
Bride & Co
Cooked in Africa Films
Baxter Theatre Centre
Artscape Theatre
Skenkonst Sormland (Sweden)
Dance For All
Cape Dance Company
Cape Academy of Performing Arts (CAPA)
Jazz Art
Baxter Theatre Dance Festival
Infecting The City Public Arts Festival
New Africa Theatre
Magnet Theatre
Africa Centre
Africa Voices Trust
Shy Music
Crossfit District Six


Based in Cape Town (INSTAGRAM @oscaroryan)

Oscar O’Ryan