International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) - Fellow
FotoVisura Guild - Member
About Jason Houston
For over 20 years, documentary photographer and photojournalist Jason Houston's career has been defined by a personal and transcendent dedication to community, culture, and how we live on the planet. Jason focuses on assignment work and on-going projects for publications, NGOs, and purpose-driven for-profit clients. He travels simply, working journalistically and unobtrusively but in close collaboration with his subjects to accurately document their lives, the issues that affect them, and the solutions that help them. His engaged, long-term approach to complex issues captures informed, authentic narratives that help educate the public and guide social and environmental change.
Recent projects include social, cultural, and environmental stories on fisheries management across the US and throughout the developing tropics; isolated tribes in Peru; deforestation and orangutans in Borneo; watershed conservation in the Amazon; cultural preservation and agricultural heritage on the Navajo and Hopi reservations in Arizona; profiles of chefs, artists, scientists, and other passionate creatives; the science of biodiversity in the Andes; environmental impacts of the cultural shifts in Kenya’s nomadic Samburu, and a short film on his daughter’s climbing wall in their garage. The recent book, "Reclaiming Our Food: How the grassroots movement is changing the way we eat", which featured 12 feature length photo essays by Jason Houston, was named one of the "Top Ten Books on the Environment" in 2012 by the American Library Association.
Jason Houston is a fellow in the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) and a member of Visura's Guild. His photographs has been published, exhibited, and presented around the world. Venues and outlets for his work range from The New York Times, National Geographic's Voices, Smithsonian, Orvis, Science Magazine, Businessweek, and The Nature Conservancy, to Mountainfilm, Harvard, Yale, Duke, Williams College, the New Mexico Museum of Art, and Fovea Gallery.
As an advocate for non-fiction photography, Jason Houston has also presented, run workshops and organized conference programming on working in cause-driven photography for dozens arts and other institutions including Anderson Ranch, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Telluride Photo Festival, Wild & Scenic Film Festival, University of Colorado at Boulder, LensCulture, San Francisco Art Institute, Mountainfilm and as co-organizer of Blue’s Earth’s Collaborations for Cause. Jason has produced short form documentary films that have screened at film festivals across the US and in Europe and Australia, and for more than 8 years worked as Photo Editor for Orion magazine, an award-winning bimonthly periodical focused on people and nature, where he led assignments, story development, art direction, and research for photo essays, portfolios, features, and departments.