Jared Ragland

Photography

Assistant Professor & Photography Area Coordinator


Jared Ragland

Contact Information

Office Hours: By Appointment
Office Location: UR 110
Phone: 435-797-1227
Email: jared.ragland@usu.edu
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Educational Background

M.F.A., Photography, Tulane University
B.A., Art and Design, LaGrange College

Biography

Jared Ragland is a fine art and documentary photographer and former White House photo editor. His collaborative, socially conscious visual practice combines a range of photographic tactics with social science, historical, and literary research methodologies to critically confront issues of identity, marginalization, and the history of place.

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 has served as Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of South Florida’s Judy Genshaft Honors College and taught at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design at The George Washington University. He is a 2020 Magnum Foundation grantee, 2020-21 Do Good Fund Artist-in-Residence, 2021 Photolucida Critical Mass Top 50 artist, 2022 Aftermath Project Finalist, and 2023 Utah State University Caine College of the Arts Faculty Researcher of the Year.

Jared’s work has been exhibited around the world in more than 100 solo and group exhibitions, including recent shows at The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts (Montgomery, Ala.), The Do Good Fund (Columbus, Ga.), Kimball Art Center (Park City, Utah), University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture (Oxford, Miss.), Center for Photography at Woodstock (Kingston, N.Y.), Filter Photo (Chicago, Ill.), Candela Books + Gallery (Richmond, Va.), Birmingham Museum of Art SHIFT space (Birmingham, Ala.), The National Geographic Society (Washington, D.C.), and the Royal Geographic Society (London, UK). 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 The New Yorker, New York Times, The Washington Post, Vanity Fair Italia, and The Oxford American, and his visual ethnographic research has been published in more than a dozen social science textbooks and high-impact journals, including the first photographs to ever be published in the flagship social sciences journal, Criminology. His first film, “Some Million Miles,” (co-directed with Adam Forrester) has screened in festivals across the US, won several awards including the Reel South Short Award at the 2019 Sidewalk Film Festival, and was distributed by PBS.

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, Leica Gallery New York, Leica Gallery Berlin, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library, and he 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.