Aaron Huey describes himself as “a wearer of gold shoes, a climber of rocks, a father, husband, and artist,” and claims he can “OWN a dance if you give him a little bit of funk.” He is also a prolific photographer for National Geographic, with 30-plus feature stories under his belt, including cover stories about the Pine Ridge Lakota reservation in South Dakota, and his recent “Battle for The American West” cover story about Bears Ears National Monument.
One of Aaron’s more ambitious projects was in 2002: a 3,349-mile, solo walk across America with his dog Cosmo that took 154 days. Following the walk Aaron took a 3-year hiatus from shooting photos to build an artist-in-residence program on the Pecos River east of Santa Fe.
He is currently a contributing photographer for National Geographic magazine, as well as a contributing editor at National Geographic Traveler. He is a contributing editor at Harper’s Magazine, and was only the second photographer to appear on the 160-year-old masthead. Aaron also shoots for the New Yorker, Smithsonian, The New York Times, TIME, and many others.
I think great photography wakes people up to the diversity of the world and to the lives that are so different than our own.
Aaron teaches workshops and seminars in the United States and works with small groups organized by National Geographic Expeditions. He is a seasoned public speaker, with lectures featured by TED.com and the Annenberg Space for Photography. His numerous awards include Pictures of The Year International, the World Press Awards, and NPPA Best of Pictures.
In 2011-12, Aaron was a Stanford University Knight Fellow, where he worked on expanding the possibilities for photojournalism through radical collaborations with artists like Shepard Fairey, the most prolific street artist in America, visionary web artist Jonathan Harris, and a diverse think-tank of Knight Journalism Fellows from around the world.
Recent experiments for National Geographic have taken Aaron deep into the world of Virtual Reality, where he has been building some of the biggest VR models of ancient structures in existence. Aaron’s son Hawkeye is the youngest National Geographic photographer, having shot his first assignment at age four. Now eight, he continues to travel and shoot assignments with his dad.
When not dancing in gold shoes or traveling the world, Aaron lives in Seattle with his wife Kristin, Hawkeye, his daughter Juno, and his dog Suki.