Jason Vaughn is a fine art documentary photographer based in Wisconsin. His first major series, hide, presented a typological study using Wisconsin hunting stands as a reflection on legacies and family. In 2011, while working on hide, he was diagnosed with leukemia at age 32. After a yearlong hiatus, chemotherapy, and recovery, he completed the series in 2014. Photographs from hide were included in the State of the Art exhibition at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. For this show, curators visited over 1,000 studios in a search for "the most compelling American art being created today."
He recently released his second monograph, Driftless, through TBW Books, in collaboration with writer Brad Zellar. The book was inspired by a one-year relocation to La Crosse, Wisconsin, a small town on the Mississippi River. Vaughn again draws on the circumstances of his life to visually explore themes of restlessness, immobility, and how a person drifts into a community, becomes lodged, and perhaps eventually breaks free. It debuted at the New York Art Book Fair and Paris Photo.
His work is included in collections such as Public Art Collection, City of Gothenburg, Sweden, Crystal Bridges Museum, University of Milwaukee Special Collections and Amon Carter Museum of American Art. He has been featured in the New York Times, Slate Magazine, and Artforum, among others.
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