Jay Mather

Jay Mather has been a working photojournalist since 1972. His interest in photography began while he was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malaysia, 1969-70. During his career he worked in Denver, CO, Louisville, KY and Sacramento, CA. Jay still has family and many long-term friends in the Louisville area. During Jay’s career he has covered a wide range of subjects and people. He has spent time with Mother Teresa, Pope John Paul II and President Clinton. On the other end of the spectrum he has worked on projects about hunger, homelessness, AIDS, and other issues about the less fortunate. In November, 1979, while working for the Courier-Journal in Louisville, KY, Jay and fellow journalist Joel Brinkley, traveled to the Thailand-Cambodia border to document the massive exodus of Cambodian refugees fleeing the wrath of the Khmer Rouge regime. This was the beginning of what the world would come to know as the “Killing Fields.” Their stories and photographs, a five-day series published in theLouisville Courier-Journal,were awarded the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting. In 2009 Jay returned to Cambodia with Joel to document the lives of the rural population 30 years after the Khmer Rouge for Joel’s book, “Cambodia’s Curse: The Modern History of a Troubled Land, published in 2011. Jay has a deep love and respect for the environment. He has hiked and climbed while photographing throughout the western United States for projects on Yosemite National Park, the Desert Protection Act in California, the declining health of the Sierra mountain range, and the ongoing drought in the Colorado River Basin. His book, “Yosemite, A Landscape of Life,” was published by the Yosemite Association in 1990 for the centennial celebration of the park. Jay’s other passion is the art of ballet. Since 1996 he has volunteered his time and talent to photograph all of the Sacramento Ballet productions. In May, 2007 he traveled with the company to Beijing and Shanghai, China on it’s first international tour and published a book, “China En Pointe,” to document the dancers experiences. In 2010 he worked with dancers from the Oregon Ballet Theatre during their “artist in residence” stay at the Caldera Arts Center near Sisters, Oregon. Jay’s current work examines the natural beauty of central Oregon, the Cascade Range and the high desert. He divides his efforts between the Deschutes Land Trust and the Sisters Folk Festival, documenting the activities in those non-profit organizations.

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