Paisner received a MFA in Photography and Media from the California Institute of the Arts. He earned his BFA in Studio Art from the University of New Mexico. He has been nominated for awards such as, the Baum Award for An Emerging American Photographer and the 5th Annual Jeunes Talents Photography Program.He has had solo shows of his work nationally and has been included in many group curated shows. He was born in Oregon in 1982, his family moved to  Santa Fe, NM, where he grew up. He is Executive Director of Foto Forum Santa Fe, Faculty at IAIA and special faculty at Calarts.