Jake Naughton  \\ Mexico-Based Photographer
Mexico City / +521 55 5107 5756




+521 55 5107 5756 (Mexico Cell)

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Jake Naughton is a Mexico City-based visual artist and journalist making work about queer identity in the present moment. This takes the form of long-term, in-depth projects, like This is How the Heart Beats, about East Africa’s LGBTQ community, Both Sides of the Veil, which showcases a strange limbo for India's queer community, or When We Were Strangers, which explores and deconstructs love through the prism of his own relationship with his partner.

Alongside his artistic practice, he makes commissioned work for editorial and commercial clients alike.

He is interested in upending the ways stories are told and presented, and in service of that he co-founded the storytelling incubator Suno Labs and the creative cooperative Black Box

He loves collaborating, so give him a shout.


Currently in: Mexico City

Upcoming Travel:

Oct 31 – Nov 4: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico


Clients + Publications

Airbnb Magazine
BA High Life Magazine
Guardian Weekend Magazine
New York Times
The Atavist
The Nation
TIME Magazine
Washington Post
Wired Magazine
MasterCard Foundation
New Lab
Schultz Family Foundation
Smithsonian Institution
Storefront Gallery for Art and Architecture


Features + Interviews

New York Times Lens
PDN Photo of the Day
Flash Forward Flash Back
National Geographic Proof
PDN 30
TIME Lightbox
Strange Fire


When We Were Strangers, monograph, Red Hook Editions
Flash Forward, 2018, 2017, 2016
6th Lumix Festival Catalog, 2017
American Photography 33, 2016


Honors + Awards

PDN Annual 2019: Best Photobook, Best Personal Work
Nominee, Foam Paul Huf Award
Flash Forward 100, Magenta Foundation
Nominee, Tim Hetherington Trust Visionary Award
Finalist, Robert Giard Fellowship
American Photography 32, 33, 34
Finalist, Young Guns 15, Art Directors Club
PDN’s 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch
Reporting Grant, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
Artist Fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts
Emerging Photographer Project Grant, Magenta Foundation
Nominee, Joop Swart Masterclass
Selected Photographer, The New York Times Portfolio Review
Selected Photographer, LOOK3/LookBetween


Exhibitions | Installation Views

When We Were Strangers, United Photo Industries, Brooklyn, NY
Both Sides of the Veil, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India
Female Genital Mutilation: 68 Million Girls at Risk, United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY

This is How the Heart Beats, Lumix Festival, Hanover, Germany

Dual Shadows: East Africa’s LGBT Refugees, Photoville, New York NY
The Censored Exhibition, Copenhagen Photo Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark

Magenta Flash Forward, Division Gallery, Toronto, Canada
New York Stories, Photoville, New York NY
Dysturb, Palermo, Italy & Scotiabank Contact Photo Festival, Toronto, Canada

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