Jon Vidar is a freelance photographer based out of Los Angeles, CA. He works regularly for the Associated Press and his photos have been published by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, USA Today and NEED Magazine – among many others. In 2009 he was one of eight fellows for the Academy for Alternative Journalism at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and his work has received honors from Getty Images, the National Press Photographers Association, FotoweekDC, and Microsoft. Jon has developed self-assigned projects spanning six continents, including work in Iraqi Kurdistan, Southeast Turkey, Rwanda, and Brazil.
Jon also serves as the Interim Executive Director and the Director of Near East Operations for the Tiziano Project. The Tiziano Project is a not-for-profit that empowers communities through self-sustaining journalism. In 2007, Jon helped this project establish their first base of operations in Kigali, Rwanda and in the Summer of 2008, he piloted a two-week long multimedia workshop in Northern Iraq. Jon recently helped the project secure a grant from Chase Trust to conduct a three-month program in Iraqi Kurdistan during the summer of 2010.
He holds a Master of Arts in Communication Management from USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.