Dale Rio is a photographic artist whose work explores issues such as mortality, human constructs, and man's relationship with the natural world. Utilizing film and historic photographic processes, Dale employs “straight” photography to document the world around her and also creates conceptual imagery in response to that world. Her work has been shown extensively in the US, as well as in England, Germany, and New Zealand/Aotearoa, and has been reproduced in countless publications. She has authored one book and co-authored a second.
Dale received a BA in Studio Art and Russian Literature from Smith College and an MFA in Photography with a minor in Printmaking from Pratt Institute. She has been awarded a Fulbright Travel Grant and the Miguel Vinciguerra Grant, received a Windgate Scholarship to study the Daguerreotype process, and attended residencies at Penland School of Craft, the Studios at Mass MoCA, and the Farmington Valley Arts Center.
Dale worked for nearly a decade as a master darkroom printer (both black and white and color), has taught workshops at various art and photo centers for well over a decade, served as editor-in-chief at Black Graves Media for six years, and has curated upwards of ten photography exhibitions.
Largely nomadic, Dale has currently set up basecamp in the Northeastern US where she works as a forensic photographer, having received an MS in Forensic Science from The George Washington University and worked previously as a crime scene and death investigator.