Jay Mather has been a working photojournalist since 1972. His interest in photography began while he was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malaysia, 1969-70. During his career he worked in Denver, CO, Louisville, KY and Sacramento, CA. Jay still has family and many long-term friends in the Louisville area.
During Jay's career he has covered a wide range of subjects and people. He has spent time with Mother Teresa, Pope John Paul II and President Clinton. On the other end of the spectrum he has worked on projects about hunger, homelessness, AIDS, and other issues about the less fortunate.
In November, 1979, while working for the Courier-Journal in Louisville, KY, Jay and fellow journalist Joel Brinkley, traveled to the Thailand-Cambodia border to document the massive exodus of Cambodian refugees fleeing the wrath of the Khmer Rouge regime. This was the beginning of what the world would come to know as the "Killing Fields." Their stories and photographs, a five-day series published in theLouisville Courier-Journal,were awarded the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting. In 2009 Jay returned to Cambodia with Joel to document the lives of the rural population 30 years after the Khmer Rouge for Joel's book, "Cambodia's Curse: The Modern History of a Troubled Land, published in 2011.
Jay has a deep love and respect for the environment. He has hiked and climbed while photographing throughout the western United States for projects on Yosemite National Park, the Desert Protection Act in California, the declining health of the Sierra mountain range, and the ongoing drought in the Colorado River Basin. His book, "Yosemite, A Landscape of Life," was published by the Yosemite Association in 1990 for the centennial celebration of the park.