Photographer Interviews

Working as an Outsider: Jason Houston on Working with First Nations Communities

July 4, 2017

By David Walker

© Jason Houston

Jason Houston photographed a Kitasoo chief leading a field trip in the Great Bear Rainforest. Houston also taught residents to use photography to document their own culture.

When Jason Houston traveled last summer to British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest, his assignment was not only to document progress on The Nature Conservancy’s environmental initiatives there, but to teach local high school students how to use photography to document their own culture and environment. “From a practical perspective,” he says, “if you’re not involving and empowering local communities, then...

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