Recent Projects & Portfolios

My work explores how we live on the planet and with each other, looking at issues of the environment through the lens of human experience. I work closely with my subjects, including various participatory media methods, to learn from and accurately document their lives, understand the issues that affect them, and drive awareness that might help them. The majority of my work is in collaboration with organizations working on social and environmental issues, as well as editorial feature work for magazines.
Recent Single Images
A preview of recent and ongoing projects that have not been posted, published, or in some cases are not yet completed.
Coastal Fisheries in Mozambique
Image library and participatory photography program for an NGO addressing fisheries management and ocean conservation in Závora, Mozambique.

Indigenous Rights & Protected Areas in the Amazon
NGO commissions and editorial assignments on the social and environmental issues facing indigenous and isolated tribes in the Amazon.
Wildland Fire Ecology
As part the cover story assignment for Nature Conservancy magazine, I trained as a wildland firefighter working with the Southern Rockies Wildland Fire Module.

Economic Development & Biodiversity
I spent 5 months in 2017 for USAID on a 20-year look at investments in economic development for biodiversity conservation.

Women's Health in Rural Healthcare
Awareness and fundraising story content for NYAGI and One Heart Worldwide focused on women's health care in rural Nepal and Haiti.

Book on Food & Agriculture
In 2012, the American Library Association named "Reclaiming Our Food: How the Grassroots Movement is changing the way we eat" one of the top 10 books on the Environment.
Watershed Conservation in Colombia
Don Manuel Vicente Restrepo farms in El Rincon, Colombia. Through an innovative program of reciprocal water agreements, Manuel is benefiting financially as well as working to protect water resources.
Coastal Fisheries in Peru
Ancón is a Peruvian fishing village with thousands of years of history harvesting food from the sea. Today, local fishermen are working to assure the same for generations to come.
Coastal Fisheries in Philippines
For this NGO commission, I spent three weeks in San Miguel Bay, Philippines living with fisherman Rodel Bolaños and his family on Caringo Island to document their daily lives.
Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management
An editorial photo essay for Nature Conservancy magazine looking at the MARCO Data Portal and the economic importance and culture depth of fisheries on the Mid-Atlantic coast of the United States.
Local Food & Sustainable Agriculture
For over a decade I have focused on small farms and local agriculture across the U.S. and produced hundreds of magazine articles, several books, exhibitions, and many keynote presentations.
Understanding Ocean Users
A multipart project 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.
Mining the Peruvian Andes
An 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.
Animal Portraits & Book
Green Chimneys provides children with disabilities animal-assisted therapy and educational programs. For 16 years I have photographed their animals, and in 2014 we published a book of animal portraits.
California's Independent Fishermen
Commissions for Ecotrust & Community Fisheries Network profiling independent fishermen and local markets for fish in San Francisco and San Diego California.
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 stories of the people who live with and rely on these resources.
Wildlife Conservation in Borneo
Documentation of the communities in and around Lamandau River Wildlife Reserve producing a book and exhibition to help inform programs on habitat restoration and orangutan reintroductions.

Jason Houston, photographer

Jason Houston's work explores how we live on the planet and with each other, looking at the environment through community and culture, and humanitarian concern.
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