D. Bryon Darby (b. 1979) was born and raised in the high-desert mountains of northern Utah. Central to his creative work is the relationship between place and meaning. Darby investigates perceptions of place as mediated through culture, technology, and experience and uses photography as a means to engage with and understand the unfolding world.
Darby’s work has been prominently featured in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and internationally. Notable exhibitions have included Paris PhotobookFest, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, the 2012 International Symposium on Electronic Art, the Phoenix Art Museum, and the Center for Land Use Interpretation. Darby's work is held in many private and public collections, including the Tempe Center for the Arts, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and the City of Phoenix Portable Works Collection, for which he was awarded a multi-year public art commission in 2009 on the subject of water in the desert.
Initially trained in design, Darby received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Utah State University before turning his attention to photography. He later receive a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from Arizona State University. He was Assistant Professor and Area Coordinator of Photo Media and Courtesy Faculty in the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Kansas from 2011-2016. He currently resides in Logan, Utah where he is Photography Coordinator and Lecturer of Photography at Utah State University.
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