Multimedia Reporter, The Salinas Californian
Jay Dunn is a National Geographic award-winning photojournalist, specializing in inspired coverage of humanitarian issues and cultural tradition worldwide. With an emphasis on stories that dignify the human struggle, he works closely with NGOs and social service groups to document on-the-ground conditions in education, poverty relief, crisis management and cultures in transition.
Mr. Dunn is fluent in multimedia techniques including audio field-recording and video production, and has created a substantial multimedia presence for Gannett at newspaper TheCalifornian.com. His social justice projects with national nonprofit leader Health and Disability Advocates won both recognition from the Chronicle of Philanthropy and funding from major organizations like the National Academy of Social Insurance.
Based in Salinas, CA, the photographer welcomes domestic and foreign press assignments, with clients like the New York Times, National Public Radio, USA Today, The Guardian, El Mundo and Survival International to his credits. He is currently working with the government of Mexico on a long-term project documenting the intersection of indigenous cultures with colonial influence in the celebration of festivals. From this experienced professional, count on new approaches to your project, an original viewpoint, and striking imagery from archives that include Niger, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Burma, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, and China. Mr. Dunn is represented by the Focus Agency in Hamburg, Germany.
"In the very humanity of a gesture, what I look for are the emotions we all share, the intimacy of friendship, or the pain of loss, an offering to the hungry, or hands clasped in prayer. But these fleeting seconds come and go, they are mercurial, inspiring, to be written over and forgotten or preserved forever behind glass, a captured flash of brilliance. To have stopped, when it was much easier to walk away, to have tried to make a difference, to have regarded the ways of others, and found lessons for my own life, these things alone keep open that elusive window, through which I hope a moment of truth may still be seen."