Chris Ryan


Chris Ryan, a photographer and director who is part obsessive and part absent-minded, decided to document instead of decide. He moves through subjects comfortably, partly due to an endless number of side projects and hobbies. Chris has been an EMT, FEMA-certified disaster responder, rescue diver, volunteer firefighter, search and rescue tech, college professor and wannabe race car driver. Chris is the proprietor of Once Films and partner at Fine Print Small Press. His studio is in Midtown St. Louis, and is portfolio is available at

Chris Ryan


Turning the Tables

David Stine crafts one-of-a-kind wood furniture for restaurants and homes around the country, all made from fallen trees on his…


With Refab, Eric Schwarz gives new life to St. Louis' past by repurposing the pieces of its architectural history.

Building the Future

Dream Builders 4 Equity aims not only to transform Hyde Park in the next five years, but also to serve…

The Courage to Dream

Dream Builders 4 Equity empowers young St. Louisans to achieve their goals.

Dreaming Big

Michael Woods and Neal Richardson knew a new approach was needed for real estate investment to make lasting change in…

What’s Possible

Marian Middle School students find inspiration for their future in the history-making election of the first Black female vice president, Kamala…

Into Existence

Nationally-recognized artist and St. Louis native Aaron Fowler shows his work in St. Louis for the first time in a…

Full Circle

Okunsola M. Amadou is improving health outcomes for Black women with a wraparound model of care at Missouri's first equal…

Brewing Community

St. Louis brewers find new ways to connect with beer lovers and continue their businesses during the pandemic.

Novel Tees

In St. Peters, Shirt Kong is Screenprinting T-Shirts to Support Small Businesses throughout the Metro Area.

Oasis in the Food Desert

Link Market’s new community stores in St. Louis could become the model for other cities tackling food insecurity.

Link Market founder Jeremy Gross

Hope and Heart

Valeda Keys turns strength into action as she helps St. Louis women recover from breast cancer.


Healing Through Art

Paige Walden-Johnson uses CommUNITY Arts STL’s creative outlets to help first responders and their families process trauma.

Paige Walden-Johnson

Education for All

Through EdHub STL, Sherita Love helps educators shake up their classrooms and eliminate barriers for students.

Sherita Love Stands