Riley Arthur is a photographer and journalist from American Samoa. Her primary work focus is on ethnographic visual storytelling. She published her first two books in 2015: There was a Hoard, which tells the history of the Rossall and Fleetwood coin hoards in Lancashire, and The Pscyho-geography of a Post Soviet Baltics, about the lingering effects of the Soviet occupation on the citizens of the Baltics.
In 2013 she completed the largest scale research ever to be conducted in English into the biggest human rights violation in the history of modern Slovenia. She has led photography workshops in Prague, London, Maui and Telluride. Arthur has presented at conferences for the US Embassy in Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan, the American Association for the Advancement of Science Pacific Division in Hawaii, and the University of Cumbria. She's completed artist residencies in the Czech Republic, Estonia, and Lithuania.
Riley has a Master’s degree in Visual Journalism from the University of Central Lancashire in the United Kingdom and holds a BA in Art and BA in theatre. She is a Fulbright Scholar and National Geographic Explorer. She currently lives in North Palm Beach, Florida.