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Jared Ragland (MFA, Tulane University) is a fine art and documentary photographer and former White House photo editor. Utilizing a range of photographic tactics including reportage and wet-plate collodion, filmmaking and bookmaking, his collaborative, socially-conscious art practice critically explores Southern identity, marginalized communities, and the history of place through social science, literary, and historical research methodologies.

Jared is the photo editor of National Geographic Books’ The President’s Photographer: Fifty Years Inside the Oval Office, and he has worked on assignment for NGOs in the Balkans, the former Soviet Bloc, East Africa and Haiti. In 2015, Jared was named one of TIME Magazine’s “Instagram Photographers to Follow in All 50 States.” He is the recipient of a 2017 Alabama State Council on the Arts fellowship and was awarded third place at the 2017 PhotoNOLA Review Prize. His first film, SOME MILLION MILES, received the Reel South Short Award at the 2019 Sidewalk Film Festival and is currently featured online by PBS. Most recently Jared served as the Fall 2019 Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Judy Genshaft Honors College at the University of South Florida, where he taught interdisciplinary, community-engaged visual methods courses.

Jared’s work has been exhibited internationally, with recent shows at New Orleans’ The Front, Candela Books + Gallery (Richmond, Va.), the In/Out Transylvania Foto Festival (Cluj, Romania), Birmingham Museum of Art SHIFT space, and The National Geographic Society. He has produced three artist books under his collaborative publishing platform, One Day Projects, which can be found in collections including the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University, the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University, Birmingham Museum of Art, Contemporary Art Center New Orleans, and the Phoenix Art Museum. Jared’s photographs have been featured by Forbes, The Oxford American, and The New York Times, and his visual ethnographic research has been published in top-tier social science journals including the International Journal of Drug Policy, Crime Media Culture, and Deviant Behavior.

During his tenure at the White House with the Bush (43) and Obama Administrations, Jared edited and designed photo books for the President, curated photographic exhibitions in the West Wing of the White House and at the Leica Gallery New York, Leica Gallery Berlin, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library, and was part of the editing team responsible for the release of the iconic photographs of President Obama in the Situation Room during the raid on Osama bin Laden.

Jared is currently at work on a long-form documentary project across the state of Alabama as a Do Good Fund Artist-in-Residence and 2020 Magnum Foundation US Dispatch grantee. He is available for lectures, visiting artist programs, and editorial assignments.

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