Jonathan Mehring is an award-winning photographer originally from central Virginia. In 2015 he released his first book, Skate the World – Photographing One World of Skateboarding, published by National Geographic. His unique style of adventure travel coupled with action and lifestyle photography has taken him to over 30 countries around the globe. Some of these epic journeys include riding motorbikes through Vietnam, taking a riverboat up the Amazon, riding the Trans Siberian Railway, and road tripping through India, all with a skateboard by his side.
Mehring earned a BFA in Photography from Virginia Commonwealth University, and was the first of his class to be published, completing stories for Thrasher and Slap magazines before graduating. He has since been published in national and international editorials including Rolling Stone, Details, Le Monde, The Wall St. Journal, Huck, Skateboarder, Transworld, Thrasher, and Monster Children. He has exhibited his photographs at galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Sydney, Rotterdam, Köln, Honolulu, and Richmond, Virginia. Commercial clients include Nike, Converse, Vans, Adidas, Levis, Burton, RVCA, Quiksilver, and Red Bull.
Based in NYC, he often travels to LA or internationally for work.
Awards and Achievements:
October 2015: Book: Skate the World - Photographing One World of Skateboarding. Published by National Geographic, featuring 15 years of skateboard culture and photography.
May 2015: Winner in Commercial category for PDN Photo Annual 2015.
December 2014: 1st Place in Action category for Monster Children Photo Contest.
April 2014: First solo photography show at the Ministry of Culture in La Paz, Bolivia.
January 2013: Listed as one of ESPN’s Top 10 Most Influential People in Skateboarding.
October 2011: Honorable Mention in the Photography Masters Cup International Color Awards for Americana and Sport.
August 2009: 1st Place in the Rotterdam Grand Prix of Skateboarding International Photography Contest.