Jason van Bruggen is a globally represented Canadian photographer and filmmaker. He has traveled and worked in over 100 countries, including some of the most remote and austere locations on the planet. His work is full of natural beauty, found light, substance and a clear appreciation of the natural world. His images capture the vulnerability of landscapes and the people within; often illuminating a tension between the strength and fragility of people and land and the age-old resolve to survive. van Bruggen’s immersive storytelling expresses his interest in humanity, his love of the everyday hero and the underdog as well as a consistent ambition to share authentic and truthful stories.
In addition to numerous international editorial and commercial publications, Jason’ work as a visual artist and northern storyteller has been profiled by National Geographic, Outside Magazine, Monster Children, Mountain Life Annual, The Explorers Journal, The Explorers Log, Flyfish Journal and by numerous brands including Patagonia, Best Made Co., Destination Canada and Arc'teryx. His work been featured and awarded in PDN, Applied Arts, Communication Arts, ADCC, Shoots and various international award shows. His film work has aired on networks around the world including BBC, PBS, CBS, CBC, and SRF1 and has been shown at some of the North America’s s most prestigious film festivals.
Jason's fine art photography practice, historically focussed on the impacts of a warming planet on remote communities and landscapes, have shifted to examine the impacts of climate change at mid-latitudes. "Lowland,” (May-October 2021) a featured exhibition at Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, is presented in collaboration with Evergreen’s Public Art Program and through the support of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. van Bruggen’s images will take over the Don Valley Brickworks, displayed as mega-prints on the exterior walls, and as images embedded in the landscape of the Brickworks Park. Jason's work has been shown in exhibitions around the world. He was also a featured artist at the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival in 2017, and had a 2019-2020 solo exhibitions in Drachten, Netherlands. Jason holds a Masters’ Degree in History from Queen’s University and is a citizen of Canada and the Netherlands. He is a fellow International of the Explorers Club and a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society. He was the closing speaker at TEDx 2020 - 2021 ‘Uncharted’ series.