Beneath the Surface
From the depths of twisting river valley’s in Eastern Bali, to the frontlines of social revolution in the streets of Minneapolis, USA, this series represents a decade of Borden’s work in over a dozen countries and territories. Each image is selected from a story representing a broader socio - political topic, encompassing issues from the waste crises on the shores of the Mediterranean in Lebanon to the half million internally displaced people from the Russian invasion of Georgia in 2012.
Each print is signed and inspected by the photographer and a letter of authenticity will be provided by the gallery.
Jake Borden (1993) is an American photographer and National Geographic Explorer based in New York City. Raised on an organic sheep farm in upstate New York, his work in the medium began after discovering world renowned photographer John Stanmeyer lived down the road. He began an apprenticeship with the photographer, managing his extensive archive and assisting with the production of multiple National Geographic projects both at home and abroad.
Since 2017, he has been working on a series of personal projects in the United States and internationally, focusing on the longterm effects of conflict. The series “In Ruins”, chronicling the lives of IDPs living in the Republic of Georgia, won first place in the 2017 Tbilisi photo festival and was a finalist for the 2019 Burn Emerging Photographer award, and was published by the BBC and Vice News.
In 2018, he moved to Beirut, Lebanon with generous support from the Alice B. Henriquez Memorial Fund to continue a series of work chronicling refugees from the Syrian conflict living in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, at the same time studying anthropology and Arabic at the American University of Beirut. He received mentorship from some of the leading names in the industry through the 2019 VII Masterclass in Poland and the Eddie Adams Workshop, one of the world’s most prestigious photography seminars.
In 2019, Borden was invited as guest artist to participate in the “Arts, Border Politics” exhibition along the Korean DMZ with the international collective Nine Dragon Heads.
He has worked for clients commercial and editorial including NASA, The BBC, Vice News, UNHCR, Reuters, Interview Magazine and Chai -Khanah. He is currently on the East Coast of the United States completing a degree in Anthropology at Columbia University, and typically refrains from talking about himself in the third person.
Borden is available for commercial and editorial assignments.