Aaron Huey

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Aaron Huey
Aaron Huey.jpg
Born December 9, 1975
Residence Seattle, Washington
Nationality United States
Occupation Photographer
Website AaronHuey.com

Aaron Huey (born December 9, 1975) is an American photojournalist and documentary photographer who is most widely known for his walk across America in 2002 and his work on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. He grew up in Worland, Wyoming, graduating from Worland High School. He received his BFA from the University of Denver, in Colorado in 1999.


In 2002 Huey and his dog, Cosmo, embarked on a walk across America. The journey lasted 154 days and covered 3,349 miles. There was no media coverage. They walked every step. Carrying only one camera and lens Huey documented the places and people they met along the way. He spoke about his motivation for the walk and his experiences during an Annenberg Foundation lecture, American Ocean, given in 2010.

Huey was named one of PDN's 30 new and emerging photographers in the world for 2007, and was shortlisted for the Alexia Prize the following year. Also in 2008, Huey was awarded a National Geographic Expedition Council Grant to hitchhike across Siberia.

Huey's extensive work documenting the poverty and issues of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation gained wider recognition in 2010 with his talk at TEDxDU at the University of Denver, America's Native Prisoner's of War. The talk was selected to run on TED.com which gave it global exposure. The talk outlines the precarious and often violent relationship between the United States government and the people of the Sioux Nation, the history of their treaties, and the effect it has had on the descendants of both parties. A book of Huey's images from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Mitakuye Oyasin (meaning "all my relations"), will be released by Radius Books in Spring 2013.

Huey was a 2012 Stanford Knight Fellow where he worked on new media models for community storytelling. He is a contributing editor for Harper's Magazine, only the second photographer to occupy the masthead in the magazine's 162-year history. His photography appears regularly in National Geographic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Smithsonian, among others.

His work is represented by Fahey/Klein Gallery in Los Angeles.

In 2015 Huey published Where the Heaven Flowers Grow[1], a collection of his photography documenting the visionary environment of Salvation Mountain by outsider artist Leonard Knight.[2][3][4] Huey is also interviewed in the 2015 documentary film Leonard Knight: A Man & His Mountain.[5]


Aaron lives with his wife, Kristin, his son, Hawkeye, and his daughter, Juno, in Seattle.

Awards & Honors[edit]

  • 2013 Rowell Award Winner (for the Art of Adventure)
  • 2013 World Press Photo Award Contemporary Feature (3rd Place)
  • 2013 Multiple POYi
  • 2013 National Geographic Seminar speaker
  • 2012 Multiple National Geographic Top 10 Pictures of the Year
  • 2012 Exhibition Perpignan Photojournalism Festival
  • 2012 Red Nation Vision Award
  • 2012 Stanford University Lecturer
  • 2012 John and James L. Knight Foundation Grantee
  • 2011/2012 Stanford Knight Fellow
  • 2011 Alexia Prize shortlist
  • 2010 TED speaker
  • 2010 Curator's First Prize, Center 's Choice Awards
  • 2010 Flash Forward Award winner/Magenta Foundation
  • 2010 Lead Awards (Germany) Portrait of the Year
  • 2010 American Photography 26 Book
  • 2010 Image Makers/Image Takers Book
  • 2010 Annenberg Foundation Grantee and lecturer
  • 2009 Publisher's Choice Honors Center 's Choice
  • 2009 Rudio Photo (Spain) Photography Grant winner
  • 2009 American Photography 25 Book
  • 2009 POYi Award for Feature Single
  • 2009 Alumni Achievement Award, University of Denver
  • 2008 National Geographic Expedition Council Grant
  • 2008 Alexia Prize Shortlist
  • 2008 POYi 2nd Prize for Issue Reporting
  • 2007 PDN's 30 Emerging photographers
  • 2007 Alexia Prize Shortlist
  • 2007 Honickman First Book Prize shortlist
  • 2007 Exhibition Perpignan Photojournalism Festival
  • 2006 First Prize NPPA Best of Pictures


  1. ^ Huey, Aaron (2015). Where The Heaven Flowers Grow. Outsider Books. ISBN 9780986309205. 
  2. ^ "Leonard Knight Salvation Mountain Photobook". Outsider Books. Retrieved 2015-11-12. 
  3. ^ Laurent, Olivier. "Anatomy of a Photobook: 'Where the Heaven Flowers Grow'". TIME.com. Retrieved 2015-11-12. 
  4. ^ "Juxtapoz Magazine - Where the Heaven Flowers Grow by Aaron Huey". www.juxtapoz.com. Retrieved 2015-11-12. 
  5. ^ "Leonard Knight: A Man & His Mountain". A2D2films.com. Retrieved 2015-11-12. 

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