Norman Edward Riley was born in Munich, Germany on January 11, 1954. He graduated from UC Davis in 1978, majoring in Environmental
Toxicology. He worked for the State of California for 25 years, during this time Riley took up the 35mm camera and, through
book-reading and practice, taught himself the principles and techniques of photography. He worked initially in the pictorial
style and focused mainly on portraiture but also spent a considerable amount of time shooting scenes in and around both Davis,
California and Sacramento, California
In 1984 he advanced to large format work and thereafter, working in the f/64 style, concentrated on architectural studies
and landscapes primarily in the Western United States and in Europe. From 2006 to 2011, Riley turned almost exclusively to
still life work in which he combined things living or derived from living things with bits and pieces of scrap metal to produce
unique sculptures which he then photographed. His work has appeared in various publications (e.g., the German periodical
“Fine Art Foto,” and the American magazine “View Camera”). In 2011, samples of his still life photographs were included in
the permanent collections of the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art in San Luis Obispo, California and the Museum of Northwest
Art in La Conner, Washington. His first book, titled “Prophet Theory” will be published in 2013.
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