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John Adair

Multimedia Journalist





Corvallis, OR

Date of Birth:

April 9, 1990

A Bit About John

John Adair is a photographer and visual storyteller. He has worked as a social media manager, photojournalist, and event photographer over his time with a camera. At the age of 32, he is a current full-time student at the University of Oregon and a multimedia freelancer.

John began his visual storytelling journey due to his father, who spent a brief period as a studio photographer. Where his father put down his camera, John picked it up and sprinted with it. That was back in 2008. Over a decade later now, John's images have been featured in both solo and collaborative exhibits, including the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art's Black Lives Matter exhibit in 2021. He has also been published in printed outlets through Denali Magazine, Scribendi and The Pitch KC.

There are a number of goals John plans to accomplish. One of these goals is to publish photobooks of his personal work. He also wants work as a photojournalist for a localized branch of NPR, such as OPB or KLCC. Finally, he hopes to produce at least one feature length film within his lifetime. Some say it's a tall order but John is always up for challenges.


Work History

2022-Present Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art; Communications Intern

2021-2022  Unscripted Roasters; Multimedia Design


2020-2022 Double Sided Media; Photojournalist


2019-2021 The Torch; Photojournalist


2020             Team FoReel Productions; Stills Photographer


2016-2017    Evan Williams Catering; Event Photographer/Social Media Manager


2015             Cilento Photography; Photographer


Grants & Scholarships

2021            Jordan Schnitzer’s Museum of Art; Black Lives Matter Artist Award


2021            Propublica; Journalism Scholarship




2021          Scribendi; 2021 Edition


2020          Denali Spring Edition


2014         The University Daily Kansan; Scars Project


2014         KJHK; Photo Essay



2022        DucksRise Fellow

2019        Springfield Mayor’s Art Show; Honorable Mention



2021        Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art: Black Lives Matter

2021        Maude Kerns Art Gallery; Seen In Oregon


2020        Auburn Art Gallery; Black & White Exhibition


2018        Henry’s; Collaborative Exhibition


2015        SMAG; Solo Exhibition



2022-Present University of Oregon; School of Journalism and Communication

2019-2021 Lane Community College; Multimedia Design

2020         A to Z Grantwriting with Linda Vallejo



2022-Present Diversify Photo

2022-Present National Association of Black Journalists; Student Member

2021-Present National Press Photographer's Association; Student Membership

2019        Emerald Photographic Society; Member


Volunteer Work


2022        NAACP ACT-SO Mentor

2019        Centro LatinoAmericano; Family Portraitist


2018-2019    First Place Family Center; Family Portraitist


2018-2019   Kumoricon; Staff Photographer


2016           Help-Portrait Volunteer; Photo Editor


2011-2019    Naka-Kon; Staff Photographer


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