Ron Jude was born in Los Angeles in 1965 but was raised in rural Idaho.  If geographical happenstance influences or even determines sensibility, then this American duality, between the urban and the rural, between the land of images and the landscape of a mythic individualism, permeates Ron Jude’s imagery.  He makes no direct proclamations with his work; the cumulative power is subtle and observant, befitting a sensitive kid growing up among car guys and fur trappers.  Proving that these are not mutually exclusive attitudes, his approach to photography is democratic and nuanced, utilizing found photographs, landscapes, portraits, and even pictures he took as a teenager.

—Mark Alice Durant, from an interview on Saint Lucy.

Ron Jude’s photographs, which often explore the nexus between place, memory and narrative, have been exhibited widely since 1992. He is the author of ten books and has lectured extensively about his work at places such as The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Fotomuseum Antwerp. He is represented by Gallery Luisotti in Santa Monica and Robert Morat Galerie in Berlin. He teaches photography at University of Oregon and lives in Eugene with Danielle Mericle and their son Charley.

Ron Jude was recently named a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow.


2018        “12 Hz” Gallery Luisotti, Santa Monica, CA

2017        “Infinite Loop: Selections from Nausea and Lago,” Robert Morat Galerie, Berlin, Germany

2016        “Lago,” Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, NE

2016        “Lago,” Gallery Luisotti, Santa Monica, CA

2015        “Lick Creek Line,” Robert Morat Galerie, Berlin, Germany

2015        “Lick Creek Line,” Robert Morat Galerie, Hamburg, Germany

2014        “Lick Creek Line,” Gallery Luisotti, Santa Monica, CA

2011        “Emmett,” Gallery Luisotti, Santa Monica, CA

2009        “Other Nature,” Gallery Luisotti, Santa Monica, CA

2006        “Alpine Star,” George Eastman House Project Space, Rochester, NY

2004        “Landscapes (for Antoine),” Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY

2003        “Amore e  Fantasmi,” Dodd Art Center, LaGrange College, LaGrange, GA

2001        “Ron Jude: 45th Parallel,Salt Lake Art Center, Salt Lake City, Utah

2001        “Ron Jude: 45th Parallel,Prichard Art Gallery, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho

2000        “Ron Jude: 45th Parallel,Boise Art Museum, Boise, Idaho

1996        “Selections From Vitreous China,” Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA

1995        “Ron Jude: Executive Model,” Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, NY

1995        “Ron Jude: Executive Model,” Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GA

1995        “Executive Model: An Installation by Ron Jude,” The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA

1993        “Typology,” Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA

1993        “Ron Jude: Nausea” (Ferguson Award)” The Friends of Photography, San Francisco, CA

1992        “Nausea,” The Photographers’ Gallery, London, England

1988        “Family Gathering,” Art Attack Gallery, Boise, ID


2019        “In The Sunshine of Neglect,” curated by Douglas McCulloh, UCR/CMP & Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA

2017        “Breaking News,” curated by Arpad Kovacs, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA

2017        “In The Open,” curated by Lee Plested, Western Gallery at Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA

2014        “The Photographer’s Playspace,” curated by Christopher McCall, Aperture Foundation Gallery, NYC

2014        “Unseen,” Foam Magazine Photo Fair (with Robert Morat Galerie), Amsterdam, Netherlands

2014        “Soft Target,” curated by Matthew Porter and Phil Chang, M+B Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2013        “Backstory,” Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago

2012        “Repositioned Personal,” curated by Karen Irvine, Daegu Biennale, Daegu, South Korea

2012        “B-Sides,” Ampersand Gallery, Portland, OR

2012         “It Startled the Natives,” Gallery Luisotti, Santa Monica, CA

2012         “Of the Ordinary,” curated by Christopher Gianunzio, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, Philadelphia, PA

2011        “Threefold: Selections from the Indie Photobook Library,” Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA

2011         Stone Canoe Exhibition, XL Projects Gallery, Syracuse, NY

2010        “Meer,” curated by Peter Morrens, Voorkamer, Lier, Belgium

2010         Light Work Grant Winners Exhibition, Light Work, Syracuse, NY

2010        “Icons & Allegories,” Curated by Mark McKnight, Sight Space, Oakland, CA

2009        “MOCA GA Collects: The Photographic Image,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Atlanta, GA

2009        “Blind Spot Exhibition,” Project X, New York, NY

2008        “Blind Spot Exhibition,” David Zwirner Gallery, New York, NY

2007        “Now is the Winter,” Proekt_Fabrika, Moscow, Russia

2007        “Stubborn Things: Recent Work by Ron Jude & Nick Muellner.” Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca College

2006        “What We’re Collecting Now,” George Eastman House, Rochester, NY

2004        “The Carlson Collection of American Landscape Photography,” Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY

2004         “Figure Eight,” Lee Gallery, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

2004        “#13: Pictures With People,” Champion Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY

2004         “So Atlanta,” Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA

2003        “Object Lessons: Additions to the Collection, 1997-2002,” Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY

2002        “A Thousand Hounds,” Paine Webber Art Gallery, New York, NY (Traveling)

2001        “Picture Postcard: Ron Jude & John Johnston,” College of Visual Arts Orbit Gallery, St. Paul, MN

2001        “Grant Recipients Exhibition,” Light Work, Syracuse, NY

2001        “In Italy,” Lamar Dodd Art Center, LaGrange, GA (Traveling)

2001         “A Priori: Photography Faculty Show,” Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY

2000        “Photographs from the Sir Elton John Collection,” High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA

2000        “James D. Phelan Award Exhibition,” San Francisco Camerawork, San Francisco, CA

2000        “Considering the West,” Sun Valley Center for the Arts, SunValley, ID

2000        “Earth/Sky,” Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GA

2000        “10 Years Forward/10 Years Back,” Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GA

1999        “Ron Jude/Mark Heitoff,” Roth/Horowitz, New York, NY

1999        “Photography Today, Tomorrow,” Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL

1999        “Color Theory,” College of Visual Arts Gallery, St. Paul, MN

1999         “As Far As The Eye Can See,” Atlanta College of Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA

1998        “Blind Spot Exhibition,” Soho Triad Gallery, New York, NY

1998         “Summer Selections,” Vaknin/Schwartz Gallery, Atlanta, GA

1997        “Winter,” Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GA

1996        “Never Walk Alone,” The Photographers’ Gallery, London, England

1996        100 Years of Photography,” Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GA

1995        “Five Years of New Acquisitions, 1990-1995” New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA

1995        “Summer Salon II (Pictures We Like),” Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York, NY

1994        “The 1994 Atlanta Biennial,” Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA

1993        “The Art of Photography,” Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GA

1992        “New Southern Photography,” New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA

1991        “Distance: Photographs by Ron Jude & Deanna Dikeman,” SCP Gallery, Kansas City, MO

1990        “Photowork ‘90,” The New Gallery, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

1987        “5th Idaho Biennial,” Boise Gallery of Art, Boise, ID


Nausea. MACK (London) May 2017

Vitreous China.  Libraryman (Stockholm) September 2016

Lago. MACK (London) September 2015

Fires.  RAM/MoCP (Santa Monica/Chicago) July 2013

Executive Model.  Libraryman (Stockholm) September 2012

Lick Creek Line. MACK (London) April 2012

emmett. The Ice Plant (Los Angeles) October 2010

Other Nature.  The Ice Plant (Los Angeles) October 2008


Ron Jude: Postcards.  A-Jump Books (Ithaca) November 2006

Alpine Star. A-Jump Books (Ithaca) April 2006


1992        Master of Fine Arts, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge

1991        American Photography Institute—National Graduate Seminar, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU, New York

1988        Bachelor of Fine Arts, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho