For years Paul Runyon’s work has centered on how the masses interface with the contemporary Western American landscape and its accompanying complexities, contradictions, and ambiguities. In his most recent body of work he has made a departure from landscape to investigate the structures of human anatomy.
Runyon’s photographs are held in collections in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The United States Information Agency in Washington DC, and The Mellon Bank Corporate Collection. His work was recently included in Streets of Philadelphia: Photography 1970-1985 at the Philadelphia Print Center, the first overview of street photography made in Philadelphia during the 70s and 80s and in Philadelphia Photographers 1975-1985, at the Santa Bannon Fine Art Gallery. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and recently was awarded a faculty research grant to pursue his most recent body of work
Runyon has been a Professor of Photography at Philadelphia’s Drexel University since 1993. He received tenure in 2000 and has chaired the university’s Photography Program for the past fourteen years.
In addition to his fine art career, numerous Fortune 500 companies, including AT&T, Arm & Hammer, Citicorp Bank, IBM, and Nissan, have commissioned Runyon’s photography. He divides his time between Philadelphia; Tucson, Arizona; and Las Vegas, Nevada