environmental conservation through local communities; economic development; humanitariam issues associated with the environment
For over 20 years Jason Houston's career has been defined by a personal and transcendent dedication to community, culture, and how we live on the planet. As a documentary photographer and photojournalist Jason focuses on assignment work a nd longer-term projects for publications, NGOs, and purpose-driven for-profit clients. He travels simply, working journalistically and unobtrusively but in close collaboration with his subjects to learn from and accurately document their lives, the issues that affect them, and the solutions that help them. His engaged, long-term approach captures and shares informed, authentic narratives that help educate the public and guide social and environmental change.
Recent projects include social, cultural, and environmental stories on fisheries management across the U.S. and throughout the developing tropics; isolated tribes in the Amazon; deforestation and orangutans in Borneo; wildland fire management in the western U.S.; watershed conservation in Peru; cultural preservation and agricultural heritage on the Navajo and Hopi reservations in Arizona; profiles of chefs, artists, scientists, and other passionate creatives; and a short film on 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. In 2015, Jason was was named one of the “World’s Top Wildlife, Nature, and Culture Photographers” by Origin magazine.
Jason Houston is a fellow in the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) and a member of Visura'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, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, National Geographic News, 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 non-fiction 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 Earth’s Collaborations for Cause.
Jason has produced short form documentary films that have screened at film festivals across the U.S. and in Europe and Australia, and for more than 8 years worked as Photo Editor for Orion magazine, an award-winning bimonthly periodical focused on people and nature, where he led assignments, story development, art direction, and research for photo essays, portfolios, features, and departments.