"Every child dances, and then you learn not to." -  Mark Morris

Some of the models that appear in the Youthful Ambition series also appear in other series, such as Youth & Decay.

Turkish oil wrestling (Yağlı güreş) teen boys

Boys Turkish Oil Wrestling

Coach Harun Doğan was gracious in allowing me to spend half a day shooting his boys training and demonstrating a Turkish Oil Wrestling match in a field nearby.  The students train at Antalya Büyükşehir A...
Teenage boys taping their hands before a Muay Thai fight

Youthful Ambition

Youthful Ambition is a series of images by American photographer Christopher Ryan. Some of these portraits are pulled from other series, such as Youth and Urban Decay while others are shot specifically for th...

Mallakhamb Performers

I was very fortunate to spend an afternoon with mallakhamb performers at Gurukulam Shiksha this past March.  Read further to learn the definition of mallakhamb and see photos of these amazing athletes. M...