Photographer, Jason Houston, explores how we live on the planet and with each other, looking at issues of the environment through the lens of human experience. A believer in the inherent value of deeper, more complex stories and the idea of "Slow Journalism", Jason often adds extra days or weeks of his own time to his assignments and commissions. He works closely with his subjects, including various participatory media methods, to learn from and accurately document their lives, understand the issues that affect them, and drive engagement that might help them. The majority of his work is in collaboration with environmental and humanitarian organizations, as well as editorial feature work for magazines.
Recent projects include a global survey of conservation enterprises for USAID, an ongoing exploration of nearshore fisheries management throughout the developing tropics, wildland fire management in the western U.S., a campaign for human rights and the protection of 10 million hectares in the western Amazon for indigenous people in isolation and initial contact, and a short film on his daughter’s climbing wall in their garage. 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, and for 8 years also 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.