Aaron Huey was selected for his work in photography, community activism, and journalistic innovation. Huey’s career was born out of the adventure and climbing community but has evolved into the world of journalism where he is best known forsharing stories of forgotten people and communities on the fringes ofour world.
Over the past 17 years Huey has pioneered new routes on the limestone crags of Ten Sleep Canyon in Wyoming and has authored the area’s guidebook (currently in its 7th edition). From his early climbing roots Huey moved on to other adventures, most notable of which was his solo walk across America in 2002. The journey lasted 154 days andcovered 3,349 miles. Huey walked with his dog Cosmo and stayed with strangers he met along the way, averaging around 30 miles a day over 5 months, with a record day of 46 miles. There was no press and the two walked every step. Following the walk Huey took a 3 year hiatus from shooting photos to build an artist in residence program (Hueyhaus), from the ground up, on the Pecos River east of Santa Fe.
As Aaron’s work as a photographer became more widely known he could be found covering stories like Bhutto’s assassination in Pakistan or the drug war in Afghanistan for the New Yorker, or covering Hurricane Katrina for the New York Times, and antiquities smuggling in West Africa for the Smithsonian. In 2012 Huey was named a Contributing Editor at Harper’s magazine, where is he is only the second photographer to be listed on the masthead of the prestigious 163 yearold magazine. His work also caught the attention of the National Geographic magazines where he was a Contributing photographer on the masthead of NG Adventure, and a Contributing Editor at NG Traveler. He is now a contract photographer for National Geographic magazine, which ran his seven-year project on the Oglala Lakota of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation as a cover story in August. Huey has photographed over twenty features for the National Geographic magazines and teaches workshops year round for the National Geographic Society.
Huey’s project on Pine Ridge gained global recognition in 2010 when his lecture on “America’s Native Prisoners of War” appeared on TED.com. That project evolved into a street art campaign with famed graffiti artist Shepard Fairey that continues to this day. The project evolved further when Huey spent 2011-12 as a Knight Journalism Fellowat Stanford University where he was working in a think tank with other journalists from around the world to evolve new media and storytelling models. The result was a journalistic first: Huey and his collaborator Jonathan Harris created a Community Storytelling Project that allowed the people of Pine Ridge to tell their own story that would co-launch, embedded in the National Geographic cover storyonline.
The Pine Ridge story recently won several Picture of the year prizes and a World Press Award. A book on the subject, called Mitakuye Oyasin (all My Relations) is being released this month from Radius Press.
A film about the 7 year Pine Ridge project and the evolution of media, called Honor The Treaties (by director Eric Becker) has been touring film festivals and won several Vision Awards in 2012.
Today Huey continues through various projects, his work documenting the struggles of the indigenous people of this planet. His commitmentto the community voice and those who are under represented or misrepresented in the global media drive him to make more personal stories and more innovative storytelling tools.
Huey never shies from adventure; whether it is hitchhiking across Siberia, pioneering new routes in the Big Horn Mountains, or building new tools to advance journalism. No matter where he goes next we know that he will always be on the cutting edge of his profession and willbe helping those without an outlet for their voice to be heard.
Find more of Aaron's work here:
Honor The Treaites: http://vimeo.com/47043218