Pulitzer prize winning photographer, Ron Tarver, received his BA in Journalism and Graphic Arts from Northeaster State University in Oklahoma, and has been a staff photographer at The Philadelphia Inquirer since 1983. In addition to his newspaper publications, his work has appeared in National Geographic, Life, Time, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, and Black and White Magazine. He is co-author of the book We Were There: Voices of African American Veterans, published by Harper Collins in 2004, which was accompanied by a traveling exhibition that debuted at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. He shares the 2012 Pulitzer Prize at the Philadelphia Inquirer for his work on a series documenting school violence in the Philadelphia public school system.
In addition to a successful career in photojournalism, Tarver has distinguished himself in the field of fine art photography. A recipient of the prestigious Pew Fellowship in the Arts, he has also received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and an Independence Foundation Fellowship. He was named one of the Delaware Valley's "50 Rising Stars in the Arts" by Seven Arts Magazine and is an alumni of the Center For Emerging Visual Artists. Tarver offers private photography instruction, workshops, and photo excursions through his company, Photo-Ops, and serves as Visiting Assistant Professor of Studio Art at Swarthmore College.
Tarver's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in over 30 solo and 50 group exhibitions and is included in many private, corporate, and museum collections, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, Oklahoma Museum of History and the National Museum of American Art of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC. His work is represented by the Robin Rice Gallery in New York, The Packard Reath Gallery in Lewes, Delaware, Soho-Myriad in Atlanta, Georgia, and Grand Image in Seattle, Washington.