Jason Houston's photography and filmmaking explores how we live on the planet and with each other from the perspective of community, culture, and human experience. Jason has worked in over 30 countries, many of them many times and most in the developing tropics, and always embedded in the communities he is photographing. He has also run various participatory photography workshops and mentored on branding and communications within the communities and for the host NGOs as part of going beyond just awareness and to help build capacity. His work brings to life authentic narratives that empower communities, engage stakeholders, decision-makers, and the public, and inform conversations that lead to social and environmental change.
The majority of Jason's work is commissions for or collaborations with cause-driven organizations working on social and environmental issues, 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, filming for the Biden/Harris campaign, and a short film on his daughter's climbing wall in their garage. Jason has been published, exhibited, and presented around the world in outlets and venues ranging from The New York Times, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, SxSW, NationalGeographic.com, Smithsonian, Orvis, Science Magazine, Businessweek, WWF, and The Nature Conservancy to Instagram, the 2020 Biden/Harris campaign, Mountainfilm, Harvard, Yale, Duke, Wake Forest Univ, the New Mexico Museum of Art, UNESCO, San Francisco Art Institute, USAID, and Fovea Gallery.