August 4, 2003, (near) Tikrit, Iraq
© Geert van Kesteren
Courtesy the artist

Jonathan Moller

Exhibition: Photography & Revolution: Memory Trails Through the Latin American Left

Jonathan Moller was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1963, Jonathan Moller is a fine art/documentary photographer and human rights activist. He studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and received a BFA from Tufts University in 1990. He has spent seven of the past eleven years in Central America, beginning in 1991 when he worked in Nicaragua with a group of Salvadorans from Radio Venceremos to create the traveling exhibition El Salvador in the Eye of the Beholder. Since then Moller has lived primarily in Guatemala, where in 1993, he began work with two different human rights organizations supporting populations uprooted by the civil war. For six months in 2000-2001, he was staff photographer on a Guatemalan forensic anthropology team documenting exhumations of clandestine cemeteries. As a member of the Foreign Press Club of Guatemala, since 1994 Moller has worked as a part-time freelance photographer in Guatemala and El Salvador.

Moller has been a member of Impact Visuals, Swanstock, and the Image Bank. His photographs have been widely exhibited, have been published in numerous magazines and books in North America, Latin America, and Europe, including LIFE 2001 Album: The Year in Pictures, Photo District News, Photo Italia, The Photo Review, and on the cover of DoubleTake magazine. His work is in the permanent collections of numerous museums and institutions, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the George Eastman House, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Portland Art Museum, the University of California Berkeley Art Museum, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the International Polaroid Corporation, Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City, and the Casa de Las Americas, Havana, Cuba. Moller received the 2002 Fellowship Award from the Society for Contemporary Photography, a 2003 Vision Award from the Santa Fe Center for Visual Arts, and The Golden Light Award 2003 from the Maine Photographic Workshops. In 2001 he was awarded the Henry Dunant Prize for Excellence in Journalism by the International Red Cross for best photo-reportage in Central America and the Caribbean. His work has been widely exhibited; recently he has had solo shows at the Mills College Art Museum, Oakland; the Phillips Museum of Art at Franklin and Marshall College, PA; the Redux Gallery in New York, the Society for Contemporary Photography, Kansas City; the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, the Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR. He was one of six international photographers who exhibited in the 2003 Moving Walls exhibition at the Open Society Institute-Soros Foundation in New York City. In addition, his traveling exhibition, Refugees Even After Death, is currently touring the U.S. and has shown at Florida International University; the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center, MA; St Edwards University, San Antonio; American University; Luther College, IA; The Latino Museum, L.A.; UC Santa Cruz; Oberlin College; the Littman Gallery at Portland State University; Regis University in Denver; Columbia University; and the University of Oregon, among other venues. A separate, duplicate exhibition has been traveling in Europe since early 2003.

Moller’s book, Our Culture is Our Resistance: Repression, Refuge and Healing in Guatemala, was published by powerHouse Books, New York, in September 2004. A Spanish language edition was published simultaneously by Turner Libros in Madrid / Mexico City.