© Raymond Thompson Jr.

We are excited to announce Raymond Thompson Jr. is taking part in the Photoworks Digital residency this June! Keep an eye out for the chance to learn more about Raymond’s impactful work in detail. You can find his biography below and an overview of his practice in the button below or through this link.



Raymond, an interdisciplinary artist, educator, and visual journalist, is based in Austin, TX. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. His academic journey includes an MFA in Photography from West Virginia University, an MA in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, and a degree in American Studies from the University of Mary Washington.

Raymond explores how race, memory, representation, and place combine to shape the Black environmental imagination of the North American landscape.

© Raymond Thompson Jr. Teenage boys play basketball at the Youth Study Center juvenile detention facility in New Orleans, LA.


He won the 1619 Aftermath Grant (2023) and the 2021 Lenscatch Student Prize (2021). Raymond has been exhibited in numerous exhibitions, including the Fotofest Biennial – Ten by Ten: Ten Portfolios from the Meeting Place 2022-23 (2024). His work is held in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Raymond is the author of Appalachian Ghost, published in 2024 by the University Press of Kentucky.

Raymond’s professional experience extends to freelance photography, where he has collaborated with renowned organizations such as The New York Times, The Intercept, NBC News, NPR, Politico, ProPublica, The Nature Conservancy, ACLU, WBEZ, Google, Merrell, Bloomberg Businessweek Magazine, and the Associated Press.




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