Jared Ragland


raglandj@uab.edu         Office // AEIVA 215         205.975.0693    

Jared Ragland is a fine art and documentary photographer and former White House photo editor. As the Visual Media and Outreach Coordinator for the Department of Art & Art History he coordinates community programs and partnerships, student recruitment initiatives, and exhibitions in the DAAH Project Space. He also manages the DAAH digital image archive, creates image content for use in the classroom and in faculty research, and maintains the department’s website and social media accounts. As an adjunct professor at UAB, Jared has taught interdisciplinary special topics courses focused on contemporary photographic methods and regional issues.

Prior to his current work in academia, Jared spent six years as a photo editor for the Bush (43) and Obama Administrations. During his tenure at the White House, Jared edited and created photo books for the President, Vice President, Cabinet and First Family, curated and installed photographic exhibitions in the West Wing of the White House and at the Leica Gallery New York, Leica Gallery Berlin, and New York Public Library, and was part of the editing team responsible for the release of the now iconic photographs of President Obama in the Situation Room during the raid on Osama bin Laden.

Jared is the photo editor of National Geographic Books’ The President’s Photographer: Fifty Years Inside the Oval Office, and he has worked on assignment for NGOs in the Balkans, the former Soviet Bloc, East Africa and Haiti. His photographic work is rooted in his lifelong exposure to the landscapes, people, aesthetics, and storytelling traditions of the American South, and his work has been exhibited internationally and recently featured by Forbes, The New York Times, and TIME Magazine. Jared is an alumnus of LaGrange College and a 2003 graduate of Tulane University with an MFA in Photography.