Visual Anthropology means telling image-based stories through a framework of culture, tradition, and practices usually behind the public’s view.
...tells stories, using 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. Gardner has also branched out to photograph other manifestations of this festival in the Dominican Republic; Trinidad; New Orleansand Cajun country in Louisiana; and Saranac Lake and Brooklyn, New York.
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, a photography book about remote Jewish communities throughout the word.
His work has appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Photo District News, New York Magazine, NPR.org, SPIN Magazine, among others. Clients include Con Edison, HBO, Ogilvy & Mather, Commerz Bank, Putumayo Records, Direct TV, Pfizer, Human Rights Watch, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and UJA-Federation of NY.
Lincoln Center hosted an exhibition of his work at the Out of Doors Festival. The Brazilian Consulate General Los Angeles sponsored an exhibition of his work in 2013, as well as exhibits in San Francisco in 2010 and NY in 2007.
Images from A Flower in the Mouth have been published in Huffington Post, Rolling Stone Brasil, Revista of Harvard University, The Rio Times, Putumayo Records, GEO Lino, and Oxford University Press. Exhibitions include Lincoln Center, Art From the Heart at Gowanus Loft, Brazilian Endowment for the Arts (BEA), and Roulette in Brooklyn, NY. Gardner was selected as a Finalist in PDN/National Geographic's “World in Focus” travel photography contest, and featured on the Kodak.com Professional website. He is a board member, NY Chapter, of The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), and co-founder of creative networking community Toasted Almonds.