environmental conservation through local communities; economic development; humanitariam issues associated with the environment
Assignment photographer Jason Houston is a Senior Fellow with the International League of Conservation Photographers and Senior Fellow at Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability at Wake Forest University. Jason works at the intersections of social and environmental issues, producing stories that inform on important issues, illustrate action and solutions, and engage audiences for positive change.
For over 20 years Jason’s career has been defined by a personal and transcendent dedication to community, culture, and the global systems that support our species. He travels simply, working journalistically and unobtrusively but closely with his subjects to learn from and accurately document their lives, the issues that affect them, and the solutions that might 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 across the U.S. and throughout the developing tropics; issues affecting isolated tribes in the Amazon; deforestation and orangutans in Borneo; wildland fire management in the western U.S.; watershed conservation in Peru and Colombia; 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 Senior Fellow in the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) and a founding 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, SxSW, 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, Duke University, 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 annual 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.