Jon Reis

My thirty-five years as professional photographer has enabled me to have a studio and photo gallery in historic downtown Ithaca just west of the Ithaca Commons. This is where I work daily and exhibit my social documentary photography of American lifestyles and my new work, "Aviation Anthropology" the micro-culture of aviation enthusiasts. My website has examples of my work.

I will not be open on Open Studio Weekends.

(Note: This artist is one of four who are not open on Open Studio weekends. The four are Denise Milito, Jon Reis, Michele Steffey and Ivy Stevens-Gupta.)




102 W. State Street, Suite 201, Ithaca, NY 14850
NOTE: I will not be open on Open Studio weekends


9:00 am - 5:00 pm or by appointment.


My studio is located in historic downtown Ithaca, on the corner of West State and North Cayuga Streets, across the street from the State Theatre, above Handwork Cooperative gallery.  


I grew up looking the iconic photo magazines such as LIFE and LOOK and was enthralled each week with the powerful storytelling images found inside. In college I studied the history of photography and picked up a camera and completed a photo documentary project on the demise of the small independent Ohio farm. I graduated with a BA in sociology and never stopped photographing people and lifestyle. As photojournalist for the Ithaca Journal, I reported for the paper and at the same time created social documentary photographs for myself. It seemed to work.

I embraced the street photography movement popular in the seventies and started a fascinating journey of documenting American culture and lifestyle which appeared monthly in American Demographics Magazine. I broadened my experience by doing intensive workshops with Charles Harbutt, Garry Winogrand, Lee Friedlander, and Ralph Gibson and learned to make fine art B&W silver prints from George Tice. I sustained myself throughout the 80’s and 90’s by taking assignments from corporate clients and from magazines such as Time, Newsweek, Business week, Black Enterprise, and Progressive Architecture.  

I have been fortunate to receive several grants and awards for my social documentary photography while building up a commercial photography business over 35 years. Today, I am working on several social documentary art projects that can be seen on my web-site alongside my commercial work. My latest series, “Aviation Anthropology," is a continuation of a New York State Council on the Arts grant I received in 1986 to photograph small airport environments. Another on-going series is called “By the Way,” a look at American culture through people, landscape, and architecture. All of my photos are strong story telling images. My studio is a comfortable place to talk about photography and see my work on display. Please call first so I can plan for your visit.

My studio is a great place talk about photography and see work. Call and stop by whenever you like

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