Chris Jordan is Seattle-based photographic artist who first became known for his large-scale color photographs of the detritus of American consumer culture, in a series entitled Intolerable Beauty: Portraits of American Mass Consumption. His project, Running the Numbers: An American Self-Portrait, has established Jordan as an internationally acclaimed artist and spokesperson for social change.
When Running the Numbers was first released in early 2007, it quickly went viral on the internet. Since then Jordan’s website has averaged 75,000-100,000 visitors per month, and Jordan is inundated daily by emails and phone calls from all over the world from individuals and organizations responding to his work. His images have been featured in hundreds of magazines, newspapers, television features, documentary films, books, school curriculums and blogs around the globe, and he has been invited to exhibit his work in art museums, festivals and public venues in the U.S., Asia, Europe and South America. He has been asked to speak at numerous colleges and universities in the U.S. and internationally, as well as at conferences such as the TED Conference, the EG Conference, the Leadership Gathering, the GEL Conference, the PopTech Conference, the Greener Gadgets Conference, and the Mountainfilm Festival.
Jordan was chosen by National Geographic Channels International to serve as their Eco-ambassador for Earth Day 2008. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the New American Dream Foundation. His work recently won the prestigious the Green Leaf Award from the United Nations Environmental Programme, presented at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway.