Dan Dry currently holds the position of Managing Director of the Content Creation Studio at Price Weber, and is one of America’s most widely recognized photographers. He has won over 400 national and international photography, advertising and design awards during his career, including the St James Art Fair Gala’s Most Influential Artist for 2011. He also won the prestigious Gold Award as well as four Silver Awards in the 2011 LGDA 100 Show and three Gold and 3 Silver Louie Awards in 38th Annual AAF/AdFed Louisville Louie Awards.
Dan has received his profession’s highest honor, having been named the National Press Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association.
He was a member of the Courier-Journal’s Pulitzer Prize winning photography staff from 1976 until 1982. While still in high school, he made history at age 16 when he was part of a two-person team that finished as runner-up to the New York Times for the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. The work was done for the Athens Messenger, his hometown rural Ohio newspaper with a total circulation of less than 12,000 readers.
Dan served two internships at National Geographic Society; his first began at age 19. He went on to work professionally for the publication for an additional eight years, traveling the world extensively and shooting a variety of assignments as a contract photographer.
He is the sole author of over 23 coffee table books and cookbooks as well; he has contributed numerous photographs to over 100 additional books, including America 24/7 and A Day in the Life of America, the only book of photography to ever top the New York Times bestseller list. Prior to joining Price Weber, he worked for over 20 years in all phases of corporate and advertising photography shooting for Fortune 500 companies and advertising agencies, producing work for advertisements, annual reports, web sites and brochures. In addition, Dan was under contract for eight years as a member of the creative team for the University of Chicago Department of Alumni Relations and Development.
Dan has lectured and mentored students at dozens of colleges and universities around the country for the past 30 years, and was an adjunct professor at two of those institutions, The Center for Photographic Studies, and Bellarmine University.
He has long been an official photographer for Churchill Downs, Inc.’s Kentucky Derby coverage and is the Director of Photography for the Breeders’ Cup Ltd., he continues to fill both roles.
Dan’s work is included in dozens of private and public collections including the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film and the Corcoran Gallery of Art.
Dan and his wife of 26 years, Margaret Johnson Dry have two daughters who both are currently away at college.