grr·yo [gree-oh, gree-yoh] noun

Grryo is an international collective of mobile and social creatives who have dedicated ourselves to being a resource for the social photography and arts community.

“Griot” simply means storyteller.  Grryo simply means storyteller.

Through social photography, we will continue to showcase art from every corner of the world in the form of visual imagery – both still and moving pictures, interviews of amazing artists, and tutorials and reviews for a community that is continuing to grow every day.

We have shared our passion for this art form since December 2011.  Since then, we have curated 12 mobile photography exhibitions around the world.  Through partnerships with many mobile and non-mobile photography organizations, we have joined a movement that is open to anyone with an urge to create photographs and share their art with the world.  These partnerships will continue to grow under our new name.  Again our aim is to support this artistic movement through the storytelling aspects of visual technology and fostering of community.

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“Our everyday experiences weave themselves into a beautiful tapestry that contains our life story. Our defeats, our joy, and our struggles. As a storyteller, Grryo gives me a place to share my tapestry with the world through words and photos. It gives me a creative family to weave into my fabric. Grryo gives me threads of every color and texture to weave into my life. Grryo is not just a sharing platform it is a part of my life and is where I go to grow and to learn. It is where I hone my craft and find inspiration from other artists. Grryo is a rich resource for creating my life tapestry.”

Anna Cox

Editor, Grryo

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“Gyrro taps the zeitgeist of our times, communicating the importance of story and image to forge inclusive human connections across the globe. The community of photographers, artists, and storytellers inspire us all to participate in the wonders of imagination and the power of new technologies to do more than only “wow” us with their awesomeness. In this intersection of imagination, story, images, and connectivity is a kind of humanistic dynamism:  to learn, grow, and change—to make a difference.”

Star Rush

Writer & Photographer Special Assistant for Teaching & Learning , Cornish College of the Arts

“The Grryo community was a tremendous asset during my time at the University of Washington. Not only did they (Grryo) provide captivating photos, they carried weight and influence beyond the normal UW fanbase. This influence gave us an authentic method of reaching a demographic we once previously thought was unreachable.”

Daniel Hour

Former UW Athletics New Media Manager (now Founder of HOMR Sports), HOMR Sports

“I’m consistently blown away by the amazing photography and content produced by the folks at Grryo. We’re lucky to be printing their work!”

Michael Sarlitt

Co-Founder & CEO, PostalPix

“The Grryo collective of mobile photographers have continuously demonstrated their expertise in the world of smartphone photography.  Their work demonstrated what’s possible when great technology is put in the hands of true artists.  Through the lens of the Windows Phone camera technology they provided unique tips and tricks, lent their expertise to internal and external audiences, and exemplified the craft of visual storytelling.”

Lucas Westcoat

Senior PR Manager , Microsoft

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