ABOUT
Photographer/ filmmaker/ author

Carolyn Jones has spent the last seven years interviewing, photographing and filming nurses across America, traveling to places dealing with some of the nation’s biggest public health issues. Her feature documentaries include The American Nurse, which was featured in the U.S. State Department’s American Film Showcase, and Defining Hope, recently broadcast over 1,000 times on PBS stations nationwide. Carolyn is currently in production on her latest project, a documentary about the important and unique role that nurses play in Emergency Departments across the country.

Carolyn Jones is a photographic ethnographer who uses passionate and personal storytelling to examine issues of global and national concern. From people “living positively” with AIDS to women artisans supporting entire communities and nurses on the front lines of our healthcare system, Jones has devoted her career to telling stories that celebrate invisible populations and break down barriers. Raised in Pennsylvania and a graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School, Jones started her career as a fashion photographer, then took a detour to become the first American woman to compete as a racecar driver in the Paris Dakar Rally.

Her first book, Living Proof: Courage in the Face of AIDS, was accompanied by shows in Tokyo, Berlin, and at the United Nations World AIDS Conference. In 2003 she founded the non-profit 100 People Foundation which creates educational films and curricula for participating students in over 90 countries worldwide. In 2012 she published the critically-acclaimed book The American Nurse, which was featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post and USA Today. She directed and executive produced the follow-up documentary film The American Nurse: Healing America, which was released in theaters nationwide and was an official selection of the 2015 American Film Showcase, a cultural diplomacy program of the US Department of State. Her newest film, Defining Hope, is the culmination of a journey investigating how we can make better end-of-life choices. It was awarded Best Premiere Documentary Feature at the Heartland Film Festival and began airing on PBS stations nationwide in the Spring of 2018.

As a lecturer, Jones has spoken at conferences, universities and events around the globe. She was a featured speaker at the 2016 TEDMED Conference and at the 2017 ANCC National Magnet Conference, the largest nursing conference in the world. In 2012 she was honored as one of 50 “Everyday Heroes” in the book of that title for her work with the 100 People Foundation. She is currently in production on her latest project, a documentary about the important and unique role that nurses play in Emergency Departments across the country.

FILMS

The American Nurse

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Defining Hope

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100 People: A world portrait

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BOOKS

THE AMERICAN NURSE

THE AMERICAN NURSE

2012 Nautilus Silver Award, Photography/Art category
2012 Indie Book Next Generation Award
Foreword Reviews 2012 Book of the Year, Social Sciences, Finalist

This extraordinary book of 75 portraits, interviews, and biographies is the result of the American Nurse Project, an endeavor launched by Fresenius Kabi. Enlisting the talents of Carolyn Jones, an award-winning filmmaker and creator of numerous photography books, and her producer, Lisa Frank, the project set out to capture and share the images and stories of nurses from all across America and to celebrate the role of the nurse in this country’s health care system.

In The American Nurse, readers are invited to think about nurses in a way that they may never have before, unless they have been under a nurse’s care. This body of work will inspire audiences to focus their attention on the nurses who serve as healers in their community, and whose wealth of knowledge needs to be tapped in order to solve today’s pressing health care issues.

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LIVING PROOF

LIVING PROOF

Courage in the Face of AIDS

Carolyn Jones’s vivid and life-affirming portraits capture people from all backgrounds—children and grandmothers, men and women of all races—living with HIV and AIDS.

Carolyn Jones has collaborated with George DeSipio, Jr., and Michael Liberatore (co-founders of the project), and the seventy-three people who volunteered to pose for these photographs in an inspiring effort to change the way we think about AIDS. Jones’s compelling portraits have the power to profoundly alter perceptions about this disease, and about the way we all live and die. AIDS poses challenging questions that we must each grapple with, whether healthy or not. These captivating pictures illustrate the self-confidence and wisdom of ordinary people coping with an extraordinary fate, facing their mortality, questioning their priorities, and living life to the fullest. Their energy, courage, and dignity in the face of such adversity offer a vital lesson in how to embrace life, day by day. Their faces and their stories are proof that AIDS doesn’t look like anyone—it looks like, and ultimately is, all of us.

Design Industries Foundation for AIDS (DIFFA) is the sole recipient of the royalties from the sale of Living Proof.

EVERY GIRL TELLS A STORY

EVERY GIRL TELLS A STORY

A Celebration of Girls speaking their Mind

Published in 2002, this collaboration with Girl Scouts of the USA, captured in words and pictures a lasting portrait of eighty-five American girls. After meeting young women from all over the country, Jones was convinced of one thing: even the smartest, most self-assured and charming among us still have questions, fears, and concerns. The compassion, consideration, and charisma that each of these girls employ to face those fears is a clear reminder that the vision, opinions, and innovative ideas of young women are the future.

THE FAMILY OF WOMEN

THE FAMILY OF WOMEN

Voices Across the Generations

Published in 1999, The Family of Women is a series of honest portraits and unmediated personal narratives that explore the emotional inheritance that passes back and forth among great-grandmothers, grandmothers, mothers, and daughters. Inspired by the birth of her own daughter, Jones began the project by collecting articles on accomplished women in a variety of fields, and women who had faced adversity with great dignity. The opportunity to go into these women’s homes, sit in their kitchens, and ask them about important moments in their life was an incredible learning experience that left Jones with a deep understanding of what it means to be a woman, a daughter, and mother.

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