Portfolios On Recent Projects. Jason Houston specializes in stories related to environmental conservation, exploring the issues from the perspective of human communities and culture. Water, fisheries, fire, forests, food security, indigenous rights, cultural heritage, and impacts related to climate instability—and how local communities deal with all these issues. He has experience organizing and executing editorial assignments and NGO commissions in North, Central, and South America, the Caribbean, Asia, South Pacific, and Africa, collaborating creatively to combine long-term projects and specialty focus with the timely and immediate needs of clients.
Cover Story for Science Magazine & ongoing advocacy. Isolated Indigenous People in the Amazon face social/environmental pressure on their sovereignty. Cover feature for Science, sponsored by Pulitzer Center, featured in The New York Times and PDN. Additional advocacy throughout 2017 & 2018.
NGO Commission for Rare. Don Manuel Vicente Restrepo farms in El Rincon, Colombia. Through an innovative program of reciprocal water agreements, Manuel is benefitting financially as well as working to protect water resources.
Personal Project. A decade-long focus on small farms and local agriculture across the U.S. producing hundreds of magazine articles, several books, exhibitions, and keynote presentations across the country.
Feature Story for Nature Conservancy. An editorial photo essay around the MARCO Data Portal exploring the economic importance and embedded culture of fisheries on the Mid-Atlantic coast of the United States.
A Short Assignment Supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting exploring various news stories related to extractive industries in the Peruvian Andes and the Pope's encyclical on the environment.
Photo Library for Point97, Ecotrust, & The Nature Conservancy profiling the people and places related to the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal, an online toolkit to consolidate data for visualizing ocean resources and human use.
NGO Commission for Rare (Book & Exhibition). I traveled to Borneo to document the communities that live in and around the Lamandau River Wildlife Reserve to help inform programs on to habitat restoration and orangutan reintroductions.
Book & Calendars for Green Chimneys. Green Chimneys provides children with disabilities animal-assisted therapy and educational programs. For 10 years I have photographed the animals, and in 2014 we published a book of animal portraits.
Exhibition. Drawing from various assignments over the years, this collection explores the complexity of issues ranging from fisheries and forestry to water and food as seen through the people who live with and rely on these resources.