Born in Toronto, Canada, Ryan Pyle spent his early years close to home. After obtaining a degree in International Politics from the University of Toronto in 2001, Ryan realized a lifelong dream and traveled to China on an exploratory mission. In 2002, Ryan moved to China permanently, and in 2004 Ryan became a regular contributor to the New York Times. In 2009, Ryan was listed by PDN Magazine as one of the 30 emerging photographers in the world. In 2010, Ryan began working full time on television and documentary film production and has produced and presented several large multi-episode television series for major broadcasters in the USA, Canada, UK, Asia, CHINA, and continental Europe.