Jason Gardner tells stories, using photography and video within 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; Guinea-Bissau; SardiniaTrinidad; BahamasNew Orleans; and Cajun country in Louisiana.

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 former board member, NY Chapter, of The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), and co-founder of creative networking community Toasted Almonds, having launched 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


In my practice, I document visually various aspects of a culture, and how it is celebrated, both venerating traditions and looking forward.

I am interested in what constitutes cultures and most especially how they are celebrated, from honoring traditions to envisaging the future. By focusing on cultural manifestations such as music, dance, festival, and spectacle, as well as symbols, street art, glyphs, costumes, or shrines in a closet, I capture the intangible, visually translating the symbolic connections of what might not be visible at first glance.

Placing my photographic practice within the framework of Visual Anthropology, I hope to tell stories by focusing on cultures, traditions and practices which often happen behind the public’s view. I capture things that build up to define the cultural milieu and community’s regional identities. I look for that ineffable moment of transformation in a ceremony, the traditional song or costume epitomizing regional pride and identity, a symbol representing a culture, these all combine to reflect the culture.

I wish to reveal some of the diversity of the spiritual, material, intellectual and emotional landscape of a community. Making the connections among the various manifestations, to show their relationship with each other, and how they interlock, helps to form my view of the culture I am documenting. These displays of culture are significant, to me, in that they represent one of the more profound ways that humans can express themselves.


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