Ed Riddell’s passion for photography was born during his years as editor and photographer for his high school yearbook. His art and expertise grew at college, where he was head photographer at the Stanford University yearbook. However, Ed’s love and connection with nature led him to accept a summer job as a ranger-naturalist in Grand Teton National Park, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. As a park ranger Ed worked on photography projects for the Park and pioneered a program of interpretive photography hikes for park visitors. In the Tetons, Ed met a new friend and mentor who had a breathtaking collection of original Strand, Adams, Weston, Bullock and Cunningham prints. Those images permanently altered Ed's perception of photography as an art form. His experiences in the Tetons convinced Ed to make Jackson Hole his home, and he lives there still.
Ed married Lee Carlman, a graphic designer. Together they opened an advertising agency in Jackson, and handled accounts for local, regional, and national clients. Projects often featured the stunning work of world-renowned photographers. Riddell Advertising won national recognition from every major industry publication. During the 23 years of running the agency Ed’s love for photography remained potent. He practiced his art at every opportunity and taught photography workshops. In 1999, at the age of forty-seven, Ed and Lee fulfilled a promise to themselves to begin new careers before the age of fifty. They sold their agency, and Ed is realizing his enduring passion for creating fine, contemporary photographs. Many of his most iconic images capture the pristine magic of the landscape he calls home.
In 2005, Clark City Press published Ed's first book, The Range of Memory. The book is a large, coffee table format, 12"x12" with 120 pages featuring 58 beautifully reproduced black and white photographs as well as essays by nationally acclaimed nature writer and Ed's close friend, Terry Tempest Williams. Terry and Ed first dreamed of doing such a book back in 1975 when they met while working at Teton Sciene School in Grand Teton National Park.
Ed has spent the last three years working on his next project, photographs of the landscapes, architecture and people of Tuscany, Italy. This new work expands Ed's work into new categories and rekindled his passions for Italy after spending a year in Florence in 1973. Ed's new work shot in the fall of 2007 explores the landscapes of his home in color images with a fresh contemporary eye.