Jonah M. Kessel



(Beijing, China)


I’m on the go. Over the past ten years I’ve lived in Vermont, New Orleans, Oregon, Hawai’i, California, Nevada, New Zealand, Australia, Algeria and China. But this list seems pretty small compared to the list of places I’ve traveled to during that time.

From Yemen to East Timor, India to Fiji or Nepal to Mexico  — I’ve ended up in some cool places. I’ve driven through 45 United States and traveled through over 20 provinces of China. I’ve lost (painfully) in a serious drinking match to Mongolian farmers, been chased by monkeys near Borneo and been kissed by Jane Goodall.



Regardless of where I am, what mess I’m trying to get myself out of or who I’m talking to, the one thing that remains consistent, is there is a camera present. And over time I’ve managed to combine work, play, travel and photography into one amazing thing: my life.


I tell stories with cameras.


Right now I’m based in Beijing. I work with the video desk of the New York Times where my work appears regularly and have commercial clients that have included Coca-Cola, BP and The World Economic Forum.  My work has appeared in publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic Monthly, Women’s Wear Daily and The Associated Press. I also do a lot of work with NGOs and nonprofits that aim to create social awareness about environmental and social issues.



I feel incredibly lucky to have seen so many amazing places and to have met so many different kinds of people. While I’ve been packing a lot into life thus far, when I think about the collective experience, it makes me realize that this is only the beginning and I can’t wait to share the experience along the way.











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