JONATHAN BALL photographer


Jonathan Ball (b. 1972) was first exposed to photography watching his father work in a homemade darkroom in the family basement.  By age eleven, he was making and developing his own photographs.


Spanning photojournalism to commercial work, his projects also include independent art projects which include a study of mobile dwellings in which he photographed factories making mobile homes, RV’s and sailing yachts; a project of intimate portraits of and interviews with nearly 100 foreigners living in Prague in 1994; and an ongoing series of images of things and people he sees and experiences in his daily life.  Ball also experiments with homemade “cubist” pinhole cameras that allow him to photograph his subjects from many points of view simultaneously. 



Most recently, Ball spent a remarkable year and a half hiking the Great Wall with world renowned expert, David Spindler.  They documented some of the Wall’s most significant battle sites on the anniversary date of each battle.  Ball made the photographs with a panoramic or 4x5 camera using conventional film, and then stitched the images together digitally.  The series has been exhibited at the 3A Gallery in San Francisco and at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund in New York City. 

Born and raised in suburban Maryland, Ball holds B.A. in art history from Stanford, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a Master’s of Urban Planning from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.  Ball lives and works in Oakland, California. His work is exhibited on both coasts, and held in numerous private and corporate collections.