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Lou Jones: The Eye of the Photographer

Lou Jones is an award-winning commercial and fine art photographer. A native of Washington, D.C., he has photographed headhunters in Borneo and the fall of the Berlin Wall—as well as ads for Nike and Peugeot. His work has appeared everywhere from Paris Match to the Smithsonian. He has captured twelve successive Olympic Games on film, and his work has taken him to five of the earth’s seven continents.

During the 1980s he accompanied Congressional Delegations to El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, and Guatemala to photograph government, military and rebel leaders.

In 1990 Boston’s Museum of Afro-American History commissioned him to photograph influential women of color, resulting in a highly regarded collection called “Soujourner’s Daughters.”

A deep-seated opposition to the death penalty led him to spend six years photographing dozens of people on death row, art that he then compiled in his first book, Final Exposure: Portraits from Death Row (1997). Ten years later he returned to prison to photograph inmates who became writers.

His second book, travel+PHOTOGRAPHY: off the charts, an instructional manual for travel photography, was published in 2006.