Jason Madara likes drama, and a review of his extensive portfolio will prove it. Filled with painterly light and sculptural composition, his imagery is rich with depth, color, and just a hint of mystery.
Raised in Los Angeles by a visual arts family, Jason grew up behind the scenes on sets and stages, and early on was influenced by cinematic imagery and storytelling. In 1994, he enrolled at the Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara as an aspiring filmmaker but soon discovered a passion for photography.
After graduating in 1997, he moved to Germany where he found inspiration in the great master painters whose meticulous attention to detail and light informed his own vision. The cultural change allowed Jason the room to build the kind of portfolio that he knew would be crucial to finding a U.S. photography agent. After several years of showing his work at art galleries and developing his style, he returned to California in 2000, and immediately landed his first agent. Editorial and commercial jobs were quick to follow.
Throughout his career, Jason has created work that engages the viewer with a combination of unabashed beauty and quiet heroism. Today he is sought after for a wide range of assignments: from portraiture to interiors, from landscapes to still life, each of his projects bears his unique ability to create a moment and turn it into an artistic expression.
In person, Jason is the opposite of his carefully orchestrated images. Affable, and enthusiastic, Jason sparks a fun, collaborative atmosphere on set where creativity and discovery reign. When not on assignment, Jason happily lives a drama-free life in San Francisco with his wife and daughter.