Jon Henry graduated from the New York Film Academy Photography School’s 1-Year Conservatory and is a teaching assistant at the New York City campus. In his visual artwork, he focuses primarily on the black family and the community at large. He also explores the representation of athletes in fine art. His Stranger Fruit in Smack Mellon’s Hot Picks 2017 and the project was also on the shortlist for the Lucie Foundation grant.
He was awarded the Arnold Newman Grant for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture, an En Foco Fellow for 2020, one of LensCulture’s Emerging Artists for 2019 and has also won the Film Photo Prize for Continuing Film Project sponsored by Kodak. His work has been published both nationally & internationally and exhibited in numerous galleries including Aperture Foundation, Smack Mellon, and BRICC Brooklyn among others.
In 2021, Henry was named on the “TIME 100 Next” List by TIME Magazine.
Henry’s work reflects on family, sociopolitical issues, grief, trauma, and healing within the African American community. Known foremost for the cultural activism in his work, his projects also include studies of athletes from different sports & their representations
Program Studied at NYFA: Photography
Program Type: One-Year Photography
Year Attended/Graduated: 2010
Location: New York