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, his work as a National Geographic photographer, and for the art and advocacy non-profit called Amplifier. 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 Prisoners 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]


In 2010 Huey founded a street art project collaborating with artists Shepard Fairey and Ernesto Yerena, that he eventually grew into a non-profit called Amplifier. Huey was the architect of and design director[6] for the art project called "We The People" that flooded the streets of the Inauguration of Donald Trump and the Women's March in January 2017. The project was funded through a Kickstarter that raised 1.36 million dollars in 8 days.[7] The campaign broke a crowdfunding record to become the "most backed" art Kickstarter in history, with 22,840 backers.


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

Awards & Honors[edit]

  • 2017 National Geographic Society Explorer Grantee
  • 2017 Muslim Public Affairs Council Media Award
  • 2016 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award - Photographer of the Year
  • 2015/16 Stanford Media Experiments Fellow
  • 2014 Independent Publisher Book award (IPPY) - Best photo book (Mitakuye Oyasin)
  • 2013 Rowell Award Winner (for the Art of Adventure)
  • 2012 Red Nation Vision Award
  • 2011/2012 Stanford Knight Fellow
  • 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
  • 2009 Ami Hyde Alumni Achievement Award, University of Denver
  • 2008 National Geographic Expedition Council Grant
  • 2007 PDN's 30 Emerging photographers
  • 2007/2008/20011 Alexia Prize Shortlist
  • 2007 Honickman First Book Prize shortlist
  • 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.
  6. ^ Silva, Bianca. "The Story Behind Shepard Fairey's Inauguration Protest Posters". Time. Retrieved 2018-02-03.
  7. ^ "We the People: public art for the inauguration and beyond". Kickstarter. Retrieved 2018-02-03.

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