Pearson Ripley is a documentary storyteller working in both still photography and video. Born in San Francisco and raised in North Carolina, Pearson spent much of his life around cameras before finding his way to documentary photography. Social and political concerns direct the focus of his work. By exploring new forms, he is always searching for a balance between his own voice and that of his participants. Currently, Pearson is attending to stories on the periphery of the immigration discussion in his home state.  

Pearson is available internationally for editorial and commercial assignments. 


Current Location: North Carolina, USA 



2019 - Master of Fine Arts in Documentary Media  

Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario 

2012 - Bachelor of Science in Technical Photography 

Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina 



2019 - Magenta Flash Forward Competition 

2018 - Nikon 100th Anniversary Storyteller's Scholarship 

2018 - Gary Cwitco and Fern Valen Documentary for Social Justice Award 



2019 - Shut Away - Encerrado/a, Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto, Canada