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Jared Ragland is a fine art and documentary photographer and former White House photo editor. He is the photo editor of National Geographic Books’ The President’s Photographer: Fifty Years Inside the Oval Office and has worked on assignment for NGOs in the Balkans, the former Soviet Bloc, East Africa and Haiti. In 2015, he 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 for his project, Good Bad People. 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.

Jared’s collaborative, socially-conscious art practice is rooted in his lifelong exposure to the storytelling traditions of the American South­ and incorporates a range of photographic tactics – from reportage to wet-plate collodion, filmmaking to bookmaking – while integrating social science, historical, and literary research methodologies. His work has been exhibited internationally, with recent shows at New Orleans’ The Front, Candela Books + Gallery in Richmond, Va., the In/Out Transylvania Foto Festival in Cluj, Romania, Birmingham Museum of Art SHIFT space, and The National Geographic Society. His artist books can be found in collections at the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University, the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University, Birmingham Museum of Art, Chrysler Museum of Art, Contemporary Art Center New Orleans, and the Phoenix Art Museum, while his photographs have been featured by Forbes, The Oxford American, and The New York Times.  Alongside his creative work, Jared’s collaborative 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, Vice President, Cabinet and First Family, curated and installed photographic exhibitions in the West Wing of the White House and at the Leica Gallery New York, Leica Gallery Berlin, and New York Public Library, and was part of the editing team responsible for the release of the now iconic photographs of President Obama in the Situation Room during the raid on Osama bin Laden.

Following teaching appointments at the Corcoran College of Art + Design and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Jared was invited to serve as the fall 2019 Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Judy Genshaft Honors College at the University of South Florida, where he continues to teach interdisciplinary, community-engaged visual methods courses. Jared is an alumnus of LaGrange College and a graduate of Tulane University with an MFA in Photography. 

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