Primary clients: magazines; environmental conservation and humanitarian NGOs in developing tropics
Africa Asia Latin America Oceania USA & Canada
Years of experience: More than 10
HEFAT certification? no
Photographer Jason Houston explores how we live on the planet and with each other through the lens of human experience. He works closely—often embedded—with his subjects to learn from and accurately document their lives, understand the issues that affect them, and drive engagement that might help them. His long-term approach captures informed, authentic narratives that help engage the public to guide social and environmental change and the majority of his work is commissions for and collaborations with environmental and social cause organizations, as well as editorial feature work for magazines.
Recent projects include a global survey of economic development and biodiversity for USAID, an ongoing exploration of nearshore fisheries management throughout the developing tropics for multiple organizations, wildland fire management in the western U.S. for The Nature Conservancy, a campaign for human rights and the protection of 10 million hectares in the western Amazon for indigenous people in isolation and initial contact for Upper Amazon Conservancy, and a short film on his daughter’s climbing wall in their garage in Colorado. Jason has been published, exhibited, and presented around the world. Outlets and venues range from The New York Times, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, SxSW, NationalGeographic.com, Smithsonian, Orvis, Science Magazine, Businessweek, and The Nature Conservancy to Mountainfilm, Harvard, Yale, Duke, Wake Forest Univ, the New Mexico Museum of Art, UNESCO, San Francisco Art Institute, USAID, and Fovea Gallery.
Jason is a Senior Fellow in the International League of Conservation Photographers; a Fellow at Wake Forest University’s Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability; a grateful alumni of the Missouri Photo Workshop; and for 8 years worked as photography editor for Orion magazine. In addition to his photography, Jason also consults on various projects related to non-fiction photography, the business of cause-driven photography, and photography education.