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“I see light, shadow and what lies between”

Nashville-based artist Ed Rode has over 33 years of experience behind the camera.  His work has appeared in many national magazines. His corporate clients include Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Bridgestone, Martha White, CMT.Com and Dave and Busters among others. His shots grace the covers of many of today’s top country-music publications and albums.

He has photographed every President since Ronald Reagan. Ed was the first photographer whose work was showcased at the Bluebird Café, an iconic Nashville music destination with a reputation worldwide for presenting the best original country and acoustic music.

Recently, his “Nashville Songwriter/Musician” portraits have greeted visitors in the Nashville International Airport, Sony Tree Music and Vanderbilt University Medical Center.   “My career has blessed me with the opportunities not only to meet and photograph many talented and inspiring people, but also to capture some amazing moments through time and place. The variety of my work brings me great joy, and is something I hope to share through each and every photograph.”

While he has “lensed” the most famous faces in Nashville, Ed considers himself a go-anywhere, shoot-anything photographer. Ed began his career in photography as a high school student in Michigan, where he participated in a photojournalism mentoring program. After earning a business degree from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, he returned to school for a masters degree in Photo Communications from Ohio University.

In 1990, he became a staff photographer for the Nashville Banner, where he spent five years photographing everything from sports to business, fashion to entertainment. Ed’s work has been recognized by numerous organizations including a prestigious Associated Press award for his work on the homeless community.

His passion for photography featuring the arts led Ed to open his own studio in the center of Nashville’s famed Music Row. Being a musician himself, music has always played an important role in his life.   “Living in Nashville has given me the opportunity to ‘hang out’ with some of the best musical talent. They call Nashville the ‘Third Coast’ for a reason… it rivals L.A. and New York in its great musical heritage.


From great musicians, icons, personalities… Ed is always telling a story through his camera’s lens.