Jonathan is an award-winning documentary photographer and videographer, writer and educator living on Coast Salish traditional territory in Vancouver, British Columbia. Uniquely blending visual narrative with elements of social inquiry, his work has as its central theme the movement of people through postcolonial space, towards isolated communities, and under remote economies.
His photographs and writing have been published internationally and across Canada, recently earning him a National Magazine Award nomination in Photojournalism for his photo essay ‘Salt & Earth’ in Brairpatch Magazine. In 2008 he was awarded a Scotiabank Scholarship to Magnum Workshop Toronto, where he worked under the guidance of Canadian photojournalist Larry Towell. His exhibitions have been supported by the Arts Council of Ontario, have been profiled as “must-see” in Toronto’s CONTACT Photography Festival, and have been featured in Applied Arts Magazine, the Globe and Mail, Toronto Life Magazine, and Mass Art Guide.
Jonathan is a founding member of Boreal Collective of Canadian documentary photographers. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Photography from Ryerson University in Toronto and a Master of Arts in Intercultural & International Communication from Royal Roads University’s School of Communication and Culture, and is a PhD student at the University of British Columbia’s Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability. He has taught documentary photography at Emily Carr and Royal Roads University and community-based photography to at-risk Aboriginal youth as a volunteer with Vancouver’s Urban Native Youth Association.