Simon Pyle was born in 1983 in San Francisco, and currently lives and works in Chicago. Pyle is a photographer investigating digital photographic technology through its fundamental elements—screens, lenses, and mirrors. His photographs of computer and smartphone screens reveal the gap between what exists in the world and what we see in images and on screens. By using a technological function designed to freeze a moment, Pyle actually produces the opposite effect, showing the ravages of time captured digitally.
Pyle has exhibited extensively in the San Francisco Bay Area, including at di Rosa, Napa (2014), Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito (2014), the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco (2014), Root Division, San Francisco (2013 and 2012), ProArts, Oakland (2013), Mills College Art Museum, Oakland (2013), the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato (2012), SoEx Alternative Exposure, San Francisco (2009), and Stanford University, Palo Alto (2006), among others. He was a 2013 recipient of the Jay DeFeo Prize at Mills College, where he completed his MFA.