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Sample images by Jason Houston
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Cultural and conservation photographer, Jason Houston, has worked for over 20 years photographing stories the intersections of community, culture, and environmental issues. Jason focuses on assignment work and longer-term projects for publications, NGOs, and purpose-driven for-profit clients. He travels fast and light, working journalistically but in close collaboration with his subjects to accurately document their lives and communities. His process captures and shares informed and authentic narratives that help educate the public and guide social and environmental programs and policy.
Projects include fisheries management across the US and throughout the developing tropics; isolated tribes in Peru; deforestation in Borneo; watershed conservation in the Amazon; cultural preservation and agricultural heritage on the Navajo and Hopi reservations in Arizona; and his daughter’s climbing wall in their garage. The recent book, “Reclaiming Our Food: How the grassroots movement is changing the way we eat”, which featured 12 feature length photo essays by Jason Houston, was named one of the “Top Ten Books on the Environment” in 2012 by the American Library Association.
Jason Houston is a fellow in the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) and a member of FotoVisura’s Guild. His work has been published, exhibited, and presented around the world. Venues and outlets for his work range from The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic’s Voices, Smithsonian, Orvis, Science Magazine, Businessweek, and The Nature Conservancy, to Mountainfilm, Harvard, the New Mexico Museum of Art, and Fovea Gallery.
As an advocate for concerned photography, Jason Houston has also presented, run workshops and organized conference programming on working in cause-driven photography for dozens arts and other institutions including Anderson Ranch, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Telluride Photo Festival, Wild & Scenic Film Festival, University of Colorado at Boulder, LensCulture, San Francisco Art Institute, Mountainfilm and Blue’s Earth’s Collaborations for Cause. Jason has also produced short form documentary films that have screened at film festivals across the US and in Europe and Australia, and for more than 8 years worked as Photo Editor for Orion magazine, an award-winning bimonthtly periodical focused on people and nature, where he led assignments, story development, art direction, and research for photo essays, portfolios, features, and departments.Jason Houston 's current location:
Oregon , United States
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