Ryan Christopher Jones

Photojournalist and Writer

I am a Mexican-American photojournalist and writer originally from Central California, currently living in New York City. My maternal grandparents are from Mexico and my paternal grandparents are from Oklahoma and Missouri, so my understanding of what it means “to be an American” has been an often difficult and complicated questioning of divergent cultures. Those questions primed my curiosity in the conflicted history of the United States, and much of my work explores the complex relationship between Mexican and American identities, and how those issues manifest in the cultural and political relationships between the two countries.

I am a regular contributor to The New York Times, and in the last two years I have covered the American opioid crisis, border separations and family reunifications, the U.S./Mexico border, the 2018 midterm elections, and various other stories across the United States and Mexico. I am a fierce advocate of compassionate photojournalism and I have written about this theme in two recent essays for The New York Times, “How Photography Exploits the Vulnerable” and “The Deja Vu of Mass Shootings.”

My work was selected for American Photography 34 and I was a shortlisted finalist for the 2018 Catchlight Fellowship. Teaching and education has been an important part of my life for over fifteen years; recently I have led photography and photo-editing workshops, and have given guest lectures at the International Center of Photography, the London College of Communication, and Fresno State University. In 2019 I will be speaking at the NPPA Northern Short Course In Iselin, NJ, and the Storyteller’s Photo Conference in Miami. I am currently a student of American and Latin American History through the extension program at Harvard University.

I am also available for private mentoring, details here: Mentoring + Workshops.

+1 (917) 789-2386

Editorial Clients

  • The New York Times
  • The Washington Post
  • New York Magazine/The Cut
  • Newsweek
  • CNN
  • The Intercept
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • Buzzfeed
  • ProPublica
  • Der Spiegel
  • Nowhere Magazine (words + photos)
  • Newsday

Commercial Clients

  • Anheuser Busch
  • ABC / Disney
  • Starbucks
  • Blue Apron
  • TruTV
  • Lennar Homes
  • Bon Appetit Bakery
  • Midas
  • FocusVision
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Kaplan University