Paul Runyon studied photography at The University of New Mexico, where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He then moved to New York City, where he worked as assistant director of the Light Gallery.
In 1982, he relocated to Philadelphia to establish his career as a photographer, educator and entrepreneur. He directed the Photography Place Gallery, a center-city photography gallery and workshop, and taught at the Art Institute of Philadelphia for a period of six years. His fine-art work has been exhibited nationally and is included in the permanent print collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
In 1986, Paul Runyon founded Eastern Light Photography (ELP) and has continued as its president. ELP is a Philadelphia-based advertising company serving Fortune 500 companies, regionally and nationally. In 1993, ELP opened a new division, Eastern Light Interactive Communications, which produces interactive new-media projects for companies and publishes pages for the World Wide Web. His most recent entrepreneurial effort is HighSchoolPortfolios.com, an online community for the high school art community. Mr. Runyon founded and developed the website
Mr. Runyon is the Photography Program Director and currently teaches a wide range of both applied and fine art coursework including Freshman University Seminar, Photography and Business, Studio Photography, Large Format Photography, The Zone System, Advanced Studio and Senior Thesis. In addition, Mr. Runyon oversees the Senior Photography Exhibition each year. He travels with six students each year to photograph in the canyons of Southeast Utah and has been nominated for the Lindback teaching award. He also develops and coordinates all of the Photography co-op placements. He has been with Drexel University for fourteen years.