In Dialogue: Jason Hill and John Simmons

February 17, 2022 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

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Join us for this conversation between photographer Jason Hill and photographer/cinematographer John Simmons in conjunction with Hill’s exhibition In My Skin at AUX/MUTE Gallery presented by The Numberz FM through February 27th.

In My Skin celebrates Black cultural identity, African ancestry, and the contemporary lived experience all from the community in Portland. In these portraits, Hill uses dynamic lighting and jewel-toned colors while keeping the moment of photography spontaneous and lively. For the conversation, Hill will dive into Simmons’ journey and work, they will discuss race and how Simmons has navigated through the mediums of photography and cinematography.

Jason Hill (born 1976) is an artist and educator currently living in Portland, Oregon. Born in the Midwest to a father in the military, he moved constantly with his family until settling down in Southern California. His relationship with photographic imagery began with his love of record album covers. He started working with a camera during adolescence and is largely self-trained. His practice today is focused on portraiture with an emphasis in the mechanics of light, vibrant color, emotion, and natural beauty.

John Simmons, ASC has had a prolific career as both a still photographer and cinematographer. He has filmed numerous music videos and commercials for artists such as Stevie Wonder, Britney Spears, Snoop Dogg and many more. He has collaborated with filmmakers including Spike Lee and Debbie Allen, and has served as the Director of Photography for more than 25 television series. Simmons earned an Emmy for his work on Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn, another two nominations for his work on Pair of Kings, and a third for Family Reunion. His feature film credits include Once Upon a Time … When We Were ColoredThe Killing YardCollected StoriesThe Gin GameAsunderThe Old Settler and the documentaries Cool Women and Dark Girls. His photographs are held in the collections of the (Getty Museum) Harvard Art Museums; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Center for Creative Photography; American Society of Cinematographers; and the David C. Driskell Center, University of Maryland.

The Numberz FM’s Community Partner-in-Residence is supported in part by the Oregon Cultural Trust, the Regional Arts and Culture Council, the Portland Art Museum’s Artist Fund, and The Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Endowments for Northwest Art.


The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to, or call 503-226-2811.

Jason Hill and John Simmons