Jared Ragland is a fine art and documentary photographer and former White House photo editor. He is at work on a long-term documentary on methamphetamine use in rural northeast Alabama and currently teaches and coordinates exhibitions and community programs in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Jared 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 Jared was named one of TIME Magazine's "Instagram Photographers to Follow in All 50 States" and in 2017 was awarded an Alabama State Council on the Arts fellowship.
His work has been exhibited internationally – with recent shows at Candela Books + Gallery in Richmond, Va., the In/Out Transylvania Foto Festival in Cluj, Romania, The National Geographic Society, Birmingham Museum of Art SHIFT space, Huntsville Museum of Art, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Mobile Museum of Art, Rayko Photo, the Los Angeles Center of Photography, Click! Photography Festival, and Filter Photo. His work has been featured by Forbes, The Oxford American, and The New York Times and published in top-tier social science academic journals including the American Journal of Public Health, 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.
Jared is an alumnus of LaGrange College and a graduate of Tulane University with an MFA in Photography. He resides in his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama.