Jason Gardner tells stories, using the framework of Visual Anthropology. He recently published A Flower in the Mouth, a book of photography and writing about the culture, music and rituals of Carnaval in Pernambuco, Brazil. Jason has also branched out to photograph other manifestations of this festival in Dunkerque, France; the Dominican Republic; Trinidad; Bahamas; New Orleans and Cajun country in Louisiana; and Brooklyn, New York.

Jason is a founder of Visual Anthropology Press, a book packager dedicated to helping independent authors, photographers, and organizations realize and communicate their vision to their audience. VAP recently produced Scattered Among the Nations, [Amazon] a photography book on remote Jewish communities throughout the world.

His work has appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Photo District News, New York Magazine, NPR.org, and SPIN Magazine.  Clients include Con Edison, HBO, Samsung Corporation, N-Y Historical Society, Ogilvy & Mather, Direct TV, Pfizer, and Human Rights Watch..

Lincoln Center hosted an exhibition of Jason's work at the Out of Doors Festival. The New Orleans Jazz Fest Cultural Pavilion has hosted an exhibition and presentation of his work. The Brazilian Consulate General sponsored an exhibition of his work in Los Angeles, as well as exhibits in San Francisco and NY. 

Other exhibitions include Rayko Gallery in San Francisco, Vienna Photo Book Festival, Uma Nota Festival in Toronto, Art From the Heart New York,  and the Brazilian Endowment for the Arts (BEA), New York.

Gardner was a Finalist in PDN/National Geographic's “World in Focus” travel photography contest, and featured on the Kodak.com Professional website. He is a board member, NY Chapter, of The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), and co-founder of creative networking community Toasted Almonds, having recently opened up a Paris chapter of Toasted Almonds (Amandes Grillées).

Jason divides his time between New York and Paris. 

Photo by Tony Gale

Photo by Tony Gale


Visual Anthropology means telling image-based stories through a framework of culture, tradition, and practices usually behind the public’s view. It means learning as much as possible about my subjects before I shoot them. It means listening to my inner voice, and potentially photographing things that would not normally be captured — a symbol on a wall; a backyard shrine; certain tattoos or markings; maybe a kind of costume or how it is being made; or one aspect of a ceremony.

I do this in my work documenting Carnival around the world; capturing a wedding ceremony; developing a marketing campaign for a business; creating images for an international NGO; or when I photograph a musician for their promo kit.


Grand Central Terminal
The New York Times
Rolling Stone
Samsung Corporation
Ogilvy & Mather
Con Edison
Human Rights Watch
New-York Historical Society
Direct TV
Best Buy
Zebra Technologies
Big Brothers Big Sisters New York
BRIC / Celebrate Brooklyn
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
UJA Federation of New York
Lincoln Center Out of Doors
NYC Department of Education
Oxford University Press
Shearman & Sterling LLP
Clifford Chance LLP
Forest City Ratner
Epitaph Records
PR Newswire
Carnegie Council
Gatehouse Media
ADL (Anti-Defamation League)
Odor Eaters
Abyssinian Development Corporation
Putumayo Records
ION Television
Vineyard Vines
The Park Central Hotel
NY School of Interior Design
Stony Brook University
Smith College
Northeastern University
Adelphi University
Relay Graduate School of Education
Gatehouse Media / Propel Marketing
AFS (American Field Service)
NESC (National Executive Service Corps)
NELP (National Employment Law Project)
AJC (American Jewish Congress)
Inwood House
Tina Brozman Foundation
Cooperman College Scholars Foundation
Industrious Office
Manhattan Neighborhood Network
Eagle Academy Foundation


New York Magazine
Time Out New York
Photo District News
Huffington Post
The New York Times
New York Observer
The Washington Post
Rolling Stone Brasil
SPIN Magazine
Metro New York
Studio 360 / WNYC
Gawker Media
Afropop Worldwide
New York 1 /  Time Warner
Harvard University Magazine
Bloomberg News
Oxford University Press
MOJO Magazine
New Orleans Jazz Festival
United Nations Alliance of Nations
GEO Lino Magazine
Stern Magazine
Boston Globe
Songlines UK
Soul Bag Magazine
Kodak Professional
B&H Eventspace
Image Brief Blog
Veja Rio
Trace Magazine
Adelphi Magazine
All About Jazz
Rio Times
Time out Rio de Janeiro
Global Rhythm Magazine
Relix Magazine
Drum Magazine
Lambda Legal
ASMP Bulletin
SC Magazine
PR Week
Jornal do Commercio
Revista Continente
DPI Australia Magazine
Harp Magazine
High Times Magazine
MR Magazine
Fotocare Blog
The Brasilians
Isthmus Online


Group Show, Rayko Center, San Francisco, CA, 2017

Best of ASMP, Photoville, Brooklyn, NY, 2016

Photography Print Fair, Vienna Photo Book Festival, Vienna, 2017

Lapa,” group show, Kinfolk, Brooklyn, NY, 2015

  “A Flower in the Mouth,” New Orleans Jazzfest, Louisiana, 2014

Uma Flor Na Boca,” Livraria da Cultura, São Paulo, Brazil, 2014

Pernambucana,” at Uma Nota Festival, Toronto, 2014

 Group Show, Art From the Heart, New York, NY 2014

Brazilian Identity,” Brazilian Endowment for Arts (BEA), NY, 2013

A Flower in the Mouth,” Lincoln Center, NY, 2013

A Flower in the Mouth,” Brazilian Consulate, Los Angeles, CA

Images of Pernambuco,” Brazilian Consulate, San Francisco, CA

Images of Pernambuco,” Brazilian Consulate, New York, NY


Big Apple Award for Best Photography, International Special Events Society, 2015

Finalist, Instagram Flora and Fauna, Featureshoot, 2015

Featured photographer, Kodak Professional website, 2013

Finalist, “Summer Music Moment” contest, Billboard, 2012

Finalist, World in Focus contest, National Geo. Traveler / PDN, 2012


Radar Curatorial, "Indexing Joy," June 2017

L’Oeil de la Photographie, “Fotofest Review,” April 2016

ImageBrief Blog, “Shoot a Rebranding Project,” February 2016

Afropop.com Worldwide, “Maracatu Nação,” February 2014

Huffington Post, “The Other Carnaval in Brazil,” December 2013

Resource Magazine, “The Other Side of Carnival,” October 2013