On assignment for The Nature Conservancy in Central Oregon, USA.
Reviewing images with a participatory photography participant in Závora, Mozambique.
Photographing economic development related to conservation in Chitwan, Nepal.

Statement

My work explores how we live in the planet and with each other, looking at issues related to the environment through community and culture, and from the perspective of humanitarian concern. Having worked in over 30 countries, most in the developing tropics, and always embedded in the communities I am photographing, I have seen the local desire for change in big global issues they have little control over. It is my goal that my photography helps to share authentic narratives that will engage decision makers and the public, and inform conversations that lead to social and environmental change.

About Jason Houston

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Photographer Jason Houston explores environmental issues through the lens of human experience. He works closely with his subjects to learn from and accurately document their lives, understand the issues that affect them, and drive awareness that might help them. The majority of his work is commissions for and collaborations with environmental and humanitarian organizations, as well as editorial feature work for magazines.

Recent projects include a global survey of conservation enterprises, nearshore fisheries management throughout the developing tropics, wildland fire management in the western U.S., a campaign for the protection of 10 million hectares in the 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.

Jason Houston, photographer

Jason Houston's work looks at social issues and the environment through community and culture, and from the perspective of humanitarian concern.
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