D. Bryon Darby (b. 1979) was born and raised in the high-desert mountains of northern Utah where he received a BFA in Graphic Design from Utah State University (2001) and an MFA in Photography from Arizona State University (2011). Central to Darby’s 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 question and engage with the unfolding world.
Darby’s work has been prominently featured in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and internationally including notable exhibitions at Paris PhotobookFest, the Museum of Ethnology (University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland), 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. His photographic works are held in collections at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Spencer Museum, Tempe Center for the Arts, and the City of Phoenix Portable Works Collection, among others.
Darby’s solo and collaborative projects have been generously supported by Rocket Grants (The Charlotte Street Foundation and the Spencer Museum of Art with funding from the Andy Worhol foundation for the Visual Arts), The Commons with funds from the University of Kansas Office of Research, with a Collaborative Research Seed Grant from the Hall Center for The Humanities, and by the Phoenix Office of Art and Culture for which he was awarded a multi-year public-art commission in on the subject of water in the desert.
Darby was Assistant Professor 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.