Radcliffe "Ruddy" Roye
Ruddy Roye is a Brooklyn based documentary photographer specializing in editorial and environmental portraits, and photojournalism. The photographer, who has over fifteen years of experience, is inspired by the raw and gritty lives of grass-roots people, especially those of his homeland of Jamaica. Radcliffe strives to tell the stories of their victories and ills by bringing their voices to social media and the matte-fiber paper.
Radcliffe has worked with magazines like National Geographic, TIME, the New York Times, Vogue, Jet, Ebony, ESPN and Essence and has also worked with local newspapers like New York Newsday. Radcliffe honed his skill as a photojournalist by working as an Associated Press stringer in New York covering journalism events. He is also known for his documentation of the dancehall scene all over the world. He has travelled to as far as Brazzaville in the Congo to document how Jamaicans and other dancers use the language of dance as a tool of activism.
Radcliffe has also been instrumental in leading the Instagram charge as a photographer, showcasing his interest in his community of Bed-Stuy and Brooklyn as a whole. The images he portrays in his “Black Portraiture” or “When Living is A Protest” series have been the talking point of numerous forums on Instagram. He was recently named TIME magazines Instagram photographer of the year (2016) and was asked to take over TIME and the New Yorker Instagram feeds. Since then, Radcliffe has been asked by New York University, the School of Visual Arts to lecture, and is also an adjunct lecturer at Columbia University; engaging in conversations with photography students on the rise of Instagram and the changing face of photojournalism.
Radcliffe’s work is widely sought after for exhibitions all over the world. Most recently he was featured at the Steven Kasher Gallery and on the New York Times Lens Blog.