Ryan Christopher Jones

Photojournalist + 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, ProPublica and The Washington Post, and in addition to themes of Mexican-American experience I often work on stories of labor and migration across the United States and Mexico. Recent work also includes in-depth stories during the Covid-19 pandemic in New York City, the overdose crisis, economic mobility and family separations. I am a fierce advocate of compassionate photojournalism and I have written about this theme in two 2018 essays for The New York Times, “How Photography Exploits the Vulnerable” and “The Deja Vu of Mass Shootings.”

In 2019 I was a panelist for two talks at Photoville, where my work on the overdose crisis was a part of the group show “Covering a Crisis: Media Representation of Overdose in America.” Since 2019 I have been a speaker and portfolio reviewer at NPPA’s Northern Short Course, and I have given guest lectures at Harvard University, The International Center of Photography, The Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, Kings College, The London College of Communication and California State University Fresno. I am currently an admitted student of Anthropology at Harvard University through the school’s extension program.

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Commercial Portfolio


Editorial Clients

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

Commercial Clients

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