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Photography is but a single facet of my work. I’m a visual storyteller working with photography in a social documentary practice I call Compassionate Photography. This is a deviation from “Concerned Photography,” a form of social documentary practiced in the 1960’s and 70’s by legendary photographer, Cornell Capa. Whereas Concerned Photographers placed emphasis on sympathy for subjects, concern for the loss of trust in the honesty of a photograph and concern for the political shifts occurring at the time, Compassionate Photography is founded on empathy, emotional awareness, acceptance and change. Through my work I aim to preserve a sense of a life lived today. IRead More →

Occupy Chicago; Chicago, IL 2011-2012; © 2020 Jason Houge, All Rights Reserved; VoTP_077

Capital TimesHungry city: Food banks and farmers feed rising numbers in Dane CountyPhotograph by: Jason HougeWritten By: Emily Shetler Capital TimesThe Family Table: A raclette dinner among friends tames a Wisconsin winterPhotographs by: Jason HougeWritten By: Kathy Brozyna Capital TimesHamel Center celebrates opening, bringing “Wisconsin touch after Wisconsin touch” to music schoolPhotographs by: Jason HougeWritten By: Yvonne Kim Eastside NewsNourishing our NeighborsPhotographs by: Jason HougeWritten By: Amie Hoag Capital TimesPerformance artist Kel Mur hosts a fertile ‘Feast’ at Morris RamenPhotographs by: Jason HougeWritten By: Lindsay Christians TonePodcast: Performance art, menstruation, and dinnerPhotographs by: Jason HougeConversation between Scott Gordon with Kel Mur NPR | All ThingsRead More →

Jason Houge Fine Art - Box Logo 512

Selected Curriculum Vitae EDUCATION 2025 M.F.A. student, University of Wisconsin – Madison 2011 B.A., Art and Visual Design, University of Wisconsin – Green Bay GRANTS and Scholarships 2023 Grant: Travel Grant; University of Wisconsin – Madison, Madison, WI _____ Scholarship: Ernie Moll Scholarship; University of Wisconsin – Madison, Madison, WI 2021 Grant: DANG! Grant; Dane County Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission, Madison, WI 2015 Grant: Yunghi Grant (formerly: Value Your Work Grant), Yunghi Kim; “Personal Poverty, Home, Mary” Photojournalism AWARDS, HONORS 2019 Honorable Mention: International Photo Awards, LUCIE Foundation; “Island in a Mirage” Deeper Perspective 2016 Honorable Mention: International Photo Awards, LUCIE Foundation; “Reconciliation” DeeperRead More →

Jason Houge – Photographer, Author, Educator and Mentor. Jason Houge (b. 1979; United States) uses photography to witness and document the events and experiences of a life lived today. He is best known for his social documentary photography, environmental portraiture and work with feral cats. His research draws from personal interests and past traumatic experiences to create compelling and haunting photographic stories within a broad range of topics including human rights, civil unrest, health care, hunger, music and the arts, scientific discovery and the environment. Early in his career, Houge was drawn to the idea of the “Concerned Photographer,” a genre of photography first describedRead More →