Dale Rio

Photographer
Terry Collection
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Nationality: American
Biography: I am a photographer who has been shooting and printing my own work for nearly thirty years.  I received an MFA in photography from Pratt Institiute in 1996 and a Fulbright Travel Grant and the Miguel Vinciguerra Grant in 1997.  Since... read on
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Terry Collection
Credits: dale rio
Date of Work: 04/26/16 - Ongoing
Updated: 01/29/18
The Terry Collection is a world-renowned forensic anthropology collection housed at the Smithsonian Institute.  When I first encountered the collection as a student, I very much wanted to photograph its specimens in the same way I would approach traditional portraiture.  My extraordinarily kind teacher has allowed me to return periodically to do just that.  
My focus with this project is the expression of the individual - his or her unique characteristics - with an eye to what persists after death; evidence of disease or trauma, imperfect dentition that would have created a charming smile in life, medical procedures, etc. 
Rather than regarding human skeletal remains with horror or disgust, they are revered simultaneously as unique individuals whose bones tell their story and as objects worthy of depiction.
This gallery will be added to several times a year, as more images become available.
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The Black Mambas APU

By Dale Rio — In November, I traveled to South Africa to create portraits of members of the Black Mambas all-female..
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Reconciliation

By Dale Rio — These images represent my experiments with pinhole photography.  Some are part of a "Work-a-day..
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In Absentia

By Dale Rio — This body of work features places that once buzzed with life but are now devoid of humanity.  Places..
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Maasai Olympics

By Dale Rio — In December 2018, I traveled to Kenya to create portraits of the participants in the 4th biennial Maasai..
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Forgotten 66

By Dale Rio — Historic Route 66 exemplifies the interconnectedness of history, emotion, and humanity‚Äôs complicated..
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Band Archive

By Dale Rio — From the 1990s through the early 2000s, I photographed a lot of bands in New York and elsewhere.  I was..
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Mt. Moriah Cemetery

By Dale Rio — Mt. Moriah is a cemetery in Philadelphia that was created in the 1800s as an alternative to the crowded and..
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Portraits

By Dale Rio — This portfolio contains portraits that I've made over the past fifteen years or so.  The photos..
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Superfund

By Dale Rio — Superfund sites are those deemed contaminated or polluted by the Environmental Protection Agency, which then..
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One Nation, Oblivious

By Dale Rio — A few years ago, I was struck by the number of people who nearly walked into me because they were so..
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The Borscht Belt

By Dale Rio — I have always been fascinated by abandoned places, particularly those that were of great importance in their..
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