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Jonathan Moller

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.

Moller's first book, Our Culture is Our Resistance: Repression, Refuge and Healing in Guatemala, was published by powerHouse Books, New York, in September 2004. The pdn Photo Annual 2005 chose it as one of the best photo books of 2004. A Spanish language edition was published by Turner Libros, Madrid & Mexico City. His second book, Rescatando Nuestra Memoria: Represión, Refugio y Recuperación de las Poblaciones Desarraigadas por la Violencia en Guatemala, was published in 2009 by F&G Editores in Guatemala.

In 1991 Moller journeyed to Nicaragua to work with a group of Salvadorans in exile to create the traveling exhibition El Salvador in the Eye of the Beholder. He went on to work, in 1993, with Guatemalan human rights organizations to support the populations uprooted by the long and violent civil war. In 2000-2001 he photographed exhumations of clandestine cemeteries, as part of a Guatemalan forensic anthropology team.  As a member of the Foreign Press Club of Guatemala, Moller has also freelanced in Guatemala and El Salvador since 1994.

His work is included in the permanent collections of numerous museums and institutions, among others the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the George Eastman House; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Minneapolis Institute of Arts; the Baltimore Museum of Art; the Brooklyn Museum of Art; the New Orleans Museum of Art; the Portland Art Museum; the University of California Berkeley Art Museum; the International Polaroid Corporation; the Museo de Arte, Lima, Perú; Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela; Casa de Las Americas, Havana, Cuba; the Museo Nacional de Arte, La Paz, Bolivia.

Moller has been a member of Impact Visuals, Swanstock, and the Image Bank. His photographs 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; CameraArts; DoubleTake; More Magazine; Art Nexus; New York Post; The Photo Review; in France: Figaro, Liberacion; in Mexico: La Crónica, La Jornada, El Economista, and others; Cultural Survival Quarterly, NACLA Report on the Americas,. Among others, his images were published in the following books: Wounds of War, Harvard Univ. Press; A People's History of American Empire, Howard Zinn, Metropolitan Books, New York; Fear as a Way of Life: Mayan Widows in Rural Guatemala, Linda Green, Columbia University Press; and Return of the Guatemalan Refugees: Reweaving the Torn, Clark Taylor, Temple University Press.

He has received numerous awards, among others the 2005 Center for Photographic Arts Award, Carmel, CA; the Golden Light Award 2003, Maine Photographic Workshops; the 2003 Vision Award, Santa Fe Center for Visual Arts; and the 2002 Fellowship Award, Society for Contemporary Photography, Kansas City. 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.

Moller's work has been widely exhibited. He has had solo shows and has given presentations at numerous venues, including, the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House, Rochester; the Society for Contemporary Photography, Kansas City; University of the Arts, Philadelphia; the Redux Gallery, New York; the Mills College Art Museum, Oakland; the Phillips Museum of Art at Franklin and Marshall College, PA; the Colorado Photographic Arts Center; the Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR; the Texas Center for Documentary Photography, Austin; the Moving Walls exhibition at the Open Society Institute / Soros Foundation, New York; McGill University, Montreal; the European Parliament, Brussels; University of Granada, Spain; the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich; Festival Internacional de Arte, Cali, Colombia , Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City; Biblioteca Nacional del Perú, Lima, Peru; Museo de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia; Museo Nacional de Etnografí­a y Folklore, La Paz, Bolivia.

In addition, since 2001 his exhibition of color images from Guatemala, Refugees Even After Death, has shown at over 40 venues throughout North America, including 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 in NYC; DePaul University in Chicago, and the University of Oregon, among other venues. A duplicate exhibition has been traveling in Europe since early 2003.

Moller is currently working on a project in Peru, as well as a long term project photographing people in mass transit.

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