2020

“My name is Jason Dorsey and I’m a documentary photographer based in Chicago, IL. Striving to produce meaningful imagery, I set out on a daily mission to exercise my creativity and push my camera’s capabilities. My work explores and examines the intersections of human behavior and the environment. I capture my subjects in a vibrantly detailed manner that will evoke curiosity and promote awareness.”- Jason Dorsey
The intimacy that Jason Dorsey is able to disclose in his photography provides the viewer with a sense of belonging, as though we too are his subjects. He is also able to translate his love for Chicago flawlessly in the profound glimpses of the city that he captures. Both of these principles intersect in COMMUNITY, which details the Chicago BLM protests of 2020. Within Humanity, this image highlights the complicated feelings of contention as well as unity in the face of political controversy. It is simultaneously a moment of struggle and connectivity, a gesture of togetherness that is defined by opposition.

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    ARTISTS’ BIO


    “My name is Jason Dorsey and I’m a documentary photographer based in Chicago, IL. Striving to produce meaningful imagery, I set out on a daily mission to exercise my creativity and push my camera’s capabilities. My work explores and examines the intersections of human behavior in a rapidly-evolving environment. I capture my subjects in a vibrantly detailed manner that will evoke curiosity and promote awareness.

    My career as a photographer began while serving in the U.S Military, where I was a combat photographer for a period of six years. Ultimately, I was thrust into a combative role in the war-torn country of Afghanistan, where I was challenged to capture strategic moments that would serve as historical documentation for the Department of Defense. Upon my honorable release in 2016, I continued my journey as a photographer and began building my portfolio.

    In 2018, I began working on my long-term personal project ‘Alkebulan Shadows’, an ongoing series of portraits of indigenous Africans that highlights their physical image in a more dignified manner, thus restructuring the way the world imagines Africans in a post colonial era.”

    ​ – Jason Dorsey