Robert Lyons lives and works in Portland, Oregon.  He founded and is Director of the International Limited-Residency Photo MFA Program at the University of Hartford Art School. He has taught extensively in the USA and Europe at various institutions including: Emily Carr College of Art & Design, University of Washington, Photographic Center Northwest, International Center of Photography, and the Ostkreuzschule in Berlin, Germany.

Lyons has received many awards including a MacDowell Residency in 2009. His work has been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Vogue, and Travel & Leisure.His work has been widely exhibited in the United States and Europe and is represented in numerous permanent collections among them:  The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Seattle Art Museum, Henry Art Gallery –University of Washington, Microsoft Corporation, Hallmark Collection of Photography, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Portland Art Museum and Beth Hatefutsoth Museum of the Diaspora, Tel Aviv, Israel.

Published books include:  Egyptian Time, Doubleday -1992, Another Africa, Bantam Dell Doubleday - 1998, The Company of Another, - Galerie Michael Schultz Berlin -2003, and Intimate Enemy: Voices and Images from the Rwandan Genocide-Zone Books, Who Decides? IFA/Steidl 2012, Pictures from the Next Day, Zatara Press 2017