Jonah Markowitz

Jonah Markowitz is a New York-based documentary photographer and filmmaker, and a born-and-raised Brooklyn Jew who loves all things pork. His primary concentration is long-term character-driven narratives, which highlight the intersectional nature of race and class disparities. His work takes great care to show the humanity and dignity of everyone he covers. By focusing on this humanity, Jonah avoids the trope of exploited stereotypes that have plagued much of journalism and media.

As a native New Yorker Jonah works extensively in his hometown, investigating how intersectional inequality has shaped New York City in the 21st century. Through the Dust examines the looming legacy of the lower Manhattan terrorist attack through the experience of first responders. The project was published as a multimedia story for Newsweek, and the film garnered a Vimeo Staff Pick. Devil in the Night chronicled the lasting scars, both mental and physical, of Hurricane Sandy on Rockaway native, James “Frank the Fish” Culleton. Photographs from this project are included in the permanent collection of the Museum of the City of New York.

Jonah’s long-term project over the past four years, Three Bags Full, is a collaboration with Chicago native, Tavaris Sanders. In the project, Sanders narrates his struggle to adapt to life as a black man from the foster care system, to a predominantly white wealthy school at Connecticut College. This project was awarded the Viewfind Visual Storytelling Grant for stories on race and was published by both The Chronicle of Higher Education and the Washington Post

In 2018, Jonah was the Director of Photography and Producer for the non-partisan political documentary feature film, Battle Ground. The film documents the congressional election in the 7th district of Pennsylvania, a swing district in a crucial swing state. Battle Ground was directed by the Academy award-winning editor, Hemal Trivedi, and is scheduled for release in 2020.

Jonah is a regular contributor to the New York Times. He has recently worked on an investigation into the practices of the NYPD, rebuilding lives after Hurricane Sandy, and homelessness in Sesame Street. During the 2018 World Cup, he shot and helped produce an eleven-part World Cup video series that showcased the diverse nationalities among New York City soccer fans.

Jonah’s editorial clients include the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, VOGUE, USA Today, Al Jazeera America, Newsday, the Chronicle of Higher Education, among others.  His motion work has shown on ESPN, NETFLIX, Tribeca Film Festival, DOC NYC, Fusion Network, Country Music Television, and others.

Although work has brought Jonah around the world, he still lives in Brooklyn and still loves his pork.

Jonah has been a member of American Reportage since 2019.