John Nelson

Photojournalist John Nelson has had a lifelong interest in shooting images—whimsical, sad, or thought-provoking—that reflect all facets of the human condition. He has worked for decades as a staff photographer at a number of news organizations and, now based in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, works on documentary projects. You can see some of his work on his Instagram feed, and on his website.

Published Work

"Plastic Pollution in the Chesapeake Bay"
Published March 20, 2015.
Executive director of Trash Free Maryland, Julie Lawson, organized a four-day expedition of Chesapeake Bay. Lawson brought together plastic pollution experts, educators, policy advocates, environmentalists and journalists to collect water and sediment samples and study the Chesapeake Bay waterway.

"Bread for the City"
Published February 3, 2015.
Bread for the City and Jen Vaupel are bringing quality healthcare to thousands of needy in the District of Columbia.

"Early Morning Mariachi"
Published January 28, 2015.
A mariachi entertains early morning workers at a taqueria in Los Angeles, California.

"The Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE)"
PublishedTuesday, December 9, 2014.
The Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), joined by 21 U.S. and international organizations, to hold a rally at the White House to stand with women and girls raped in conflict.

"Ben Bradlee Tribute"
Published October 23, 2014.
Washington Post staffers gather to celebrate legendary publisher Don Graham and editor Ben Bradlee

"D.C.’s Coal-Burning Plants"
Published December 29, 2013.

"Trayvon Martin Vigil"
Published July 15, 2013.
Howard University.

"Chinese New Year in Chinatown, D.C."
Published February 11, 2013.


Contact Info

Phone: 323-816-4235

Follow John at:

Facebook: johnnelson
Instagram: jrnelsonphoto