Project Space Director, Visual Media & Outreach Coordinator, and Adjunct Professor of Photography - University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Jared Ragland’s photographic work is rooted in his lifelong exposure to the landscapes, people, aesthetics, and storytelling traditions of the American South. A native of Birmingham, Ala., he currently teaches and coordinates exhibitions and community programs in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and is at work on a year long documentary on methamphetamine addicts living on Sand Mountain in northeast Alabama. He 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. Jared is the co-founder of onedayprojects.org, a collaborative initiative with fellow photographer Eliot Dudik, and his photographs have been exhibited internationally and featured by the Oxford American, The New York Times, and TIME Magazine.
Prior to his recent work in academia, Jared spent six years as a photo editor for the Bush (43) and Obama Administrations. During his tenure at the White House, Jared edited and created photo books for the President, Vice President, Cabinet and First Family, curated and installed photo exhibits in the West Wing of the White House, 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 alumni of LaGrange College and a 2003 graduate of Tulane University with an MFA in Photography.