Jonathan Moller

Jonathan Moller is a fine art/documentary photographer and human rights activist. He studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA, and received a BFA from Tufts University in 1990.

Moller's first book, Our Culture is Our Resistance: Repression, Refuge and Healing in Guatemala, was published by powerHouse Books, New York, in September 2004. The Photo District News' 2005 Photo Annual chose it as one of the best photo books of 2004. A Spanish language edition was published by Turner Libros, Madrid & Mexico City. His second book, Rescatando Nuestra Memoria: Represión, Refugio y Recuperación de las Poblaciones Desarraigadas por la Violencia en Guatemala, was published in 2009 by F&G Editores in Guatemala.

In 1991, Moller journeyed to Nicaragua to work with a group of Salvadorans in exile to create the traveling exhibition, "El Salvador in the Eye of the Beholder." In 1993, he went on to work with Guatemalan human rights organizations to support the populations uprooted by the long and violent civil war. In 2000-2001, he photographed exhumations of clandestine cemeteries as part of a Guatemalan forensic anthropology team.  As a member of the Foreign Press Club of Guatemala, Moller has also freelanced in Guatemala and El Salvador since 1994.

His work is included in the permanent collections of numerous museums and institutions, among others the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, TX, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Portland Art Museum, the University of California Berkeley Art Museum, the International Polaroid Corporation, the Museo de Arte in Lima, Perú, Museo de Bellas Artes in Caracas, Venezuela, Casa de Las Americas in Havana, Cuba, and the Museo Nacional de Arte in La Paz, Bolivia.

Moller has been a member of Impact Visuals, Swanstock, and the Image Bank. His photographs have been published in numerous magazines and books in North America, Latin America, and Europe, including LIFE 2001 Album: The Year in Pictures, Photo District News, Photo Italia, CameraArts, DoubleTake, More Magazine, Art Nexus, New York Post, The Photo Review, Le Figaro, Liberacion, La Crónica, La Jornada, El Economista, Cultural Survival Quarterly, and North American Congress on Latin America Report on the Americas. Among others, his images were published in the following books: Wounds of War, Howard Zinn's A People's History of American Empire, Fear as a Way of Life: Mayan Widows in Rural Guatemala, and Return of the Guatemalan Refugees: Reweaving the Torn.

He has received numerous awards, among others the 2005 Center for Photographic Arts Award in Carmel, CA, the Golden Light Award 2003 from the Maine Photographic Workshops, the 2003 Vision Award from the Santa Fe Center for Visual Arts, and the 2002 Fellowship Award from the Society for Contemporary Photography in Kansas City, MO. In 2001, Moller was awarded the Henry Dunant Prize for Excellence in Journalism by the International Red Cross for best photo-reportage in Central America and the Caribbean.

Moller's work has been widely exhibited. He has had solo shows and has given presentations at numerous venues, including: the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY, the Society for Contemporary Photography in Kansas City, MO, the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, the Redux Gallery in New York, NY, the Mills College Art Museum in Oakland, CA, the Phillips Museum of Art at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, the Colorado Photographic Arts Center in Denver, CO, the Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, OR, the Texas Center for Documentary Photography in Austin, TX, the Moving Walls exhibition at the Open Society Institute / Soros Foundation in New York, NY, McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, University of Granada in Spain, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland, Festival Internacional de Arte in Cali, Colombia, Centro de la Imagen in Mexico City, Mexico, Biblioteca Nacional del Perú in Lima, Peru, Museo de Antioquia in Medellin, Colombia and the Museo Nacional de Etnografí­a y Folklore in La Paz, Bolivia.

Since 2001, Moller's exhibition of color images from Guatemala, "Refugees Even After Death," has shown at over 40 venues throughout North America, including Florida International University, the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, St Edwards University, American University, Luther College, The Latino Museum (Los Angeles), UC Santa Cruz, Oberlin College, the Littman Gallery at Portland State University, Regis University in Denver, Columbia University, DePaul University in Chicago, and the University of Oregon, among other venues. A duplicate exhibition has been traveling in Europe since early 2003.

Moller is currently working on a project in Peru, in addition to a long term project photographing people in mass transit.

Jonathan's work and contact information are available at his website.


Our Culture Is Our Resistance: Repression, Refuge, and Healing in Guatemala

© 2010 Jonathan Moller

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