Ryan Phillips
CEO, Co-Founder

Ryan's love of art began from an early age growing up with his mother, a well-known art collector. He was surrounded by works from Warhol, Katz, Jasper Johns, Christo, Baldessari, Keith Haring and many others. For years, his afternoons were spent in the gallery of acclaimed gallerist Dorothy Blau who taught Ryan the business of art. She was a close friend of Andy Warhol and has been credited with helping Warhol's success as an artist. These were the sparks that led Ryan into the gallery world.

Ryan graduated from the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and has been a professional photographer for 25 years. His images have been featured in publications such as Forbes, Fortune, Sunset, Via, Angelino, Ocean Drive and Travel + Leisure, as well as all the top wedding publications. He has a long list of celebrity clients and works with some of the wealthiest private clients in the world.

Ryan brings all of these experiences to PurePhoto to help make it the premiere web destination for sourcing great art.

Ditte Isager, Cig Harvey, Andrew Moore, Michael Lange, Paul Souders, Tom Fowlks and Jose Villa.

Gil Edelman

Gil is a software developer with over 10 years of experience designing, developing, and scaling web applications in both corporate and startup environments.

Prior to joining PurePhoto he served as CTO for healthcare startup CollaborativeHealth, lead developer for social payment service Rentshare, and team lead for education startup GradeBuddy. During those tenures he made key contributions in the areas of product development, leadership, recruiting, and fundraising.

His background includes embedded systems work at Qualcomm, Palm, and Zoran, and an MS degree in Computer Engineering from the University of California San Diego.

Richard Avedon, Garry Winogrand, Mark Seliger, David Rubinger, Robert Capa, Jim Marshall, Peter Eastway, and Rafael Fuchs.

Courtney Paulson
VP, Business Development

Courtney has over a decade of experience in the fine art world and specializes in sourcing art for residential, commercial and hospitality projects. Prior to joining PurePhoto she oversaw national accounts for Perrell Fine Art, one of Los Angeles' premier art consultants. She was also responsible for managing regional sales at Fine Art Lamps, a world-renowned manufacturer of handcrafted lighting designs.

Before dealing in fine art she served as an account manager for both Los Angeles and LA Confidential magazines, helping lead them to become some of the highest circulating regional magazines in the U.S.

Courtney collaborates with design professionals to source, finish and install the perfect pieces to match the vision of each individual project. Most of all, she enjoys connecting people with a work of art that they will love and enjoy every day.

Annie Liebovitz, Marc Seliger, Mario Testino, Patrick Demarchelier and Steven Meisel.

Michael Hoang
Creative Director

Michael has been in Marketing and Design for over 10 years and has been inspired by every medium of art for most of his life. Within that time he started his marketing company, Sai Design Group; creating significant marketing campaigns and pieces for companies such as: Pacific Sunwear, Stella Rosa Wines, San Antonio Winery, the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Prior to joining PurePhoto, he helped create a non-profit organization called YAPA, an organization serving as a bridge between Eastern and Western cultures, promoting unity and cultural diversity through education, leadership development and community service.

Ansel Adams, Steve McCurry, Tim Hetherington, Garret Suhrie and Kristopher Grunert.

Janaye Culton
Community Manager

Janaye graduated from the esteemed Brooks Institute with a BFA in Photography. Prior to joining PurePhoto she worked at a well known maker of CMS software for higher education making tutorial/training videos. This millennial has a penchant for all things social media and seemingly has a smartphone surgically attached to her palm.

Peter Lik, Herb Ritz, Sue Bryce, Cheyenne Ellis, Anyes Galleani and Primo Tacca Neto.

John Ellis
Chairman, Co-Founder

John was one of PurePhoto's founders. He currently serves as the CEO of Tapiture and has 20 years of experience incubating and marketing high-growth businesses at leading brands like Yahoo, EarthLink and Kinko's. He has held executive roles in marketing, strategy, business development, product management and operations. If you're into details you can read more here.

Frank Gehry, Phil Hansen, Thomas Birke, Anyes Galleani and Ontoshiki.