Jarod Lew (b.1987) is an Asian American artist/documentary photographer based in Oak Park, Michigan. Lew’s work focuses on the complexities between human identity and the environment that surrounds it. His most recent longterm project explores the identity of Asian Americans in western culture. His work has been exhibited at The Smithsonian Museum’s National Portrait Gallery, Detroit Institute of Arts, Center for Photography Woodstock, and many others through out the United States. His work has been featured on BuzzFeed, Financial Times Weekend, NPR and Lens Culture. 

Selected Group Exhibition:

Center for Photography Woodstock- Photography Now 2018

Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC (June 1, 2018 to August 26. 2018)

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri (October 6th 2017- January 7 2018)

Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, Texas (June 8- September 10, 2017)

Tacoma Art Museum, Washington (February 4- May 14 2017)

Photoville 2016 PDN Container (Brooklyn, New York) 2016

Facing Change: Documenting Detroit at the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan) 2016 

Outwin Boochever Portrait Show 2016 ( Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, Washington D.C.) 2016

FotoFilmic 14 Shortlist #1 (Vancouver, CA) 2014

Portraits 2014 with guest curator Amy Arbus (Fort Collins, CO) 2014

SEE ME Creatives on the Rise (New York, NY) 2013

Awards/Portfolio Reviews:

LensCulture Portrait Awards 2019 finalist

CENTER 2018 Portfolio Review in Santa Fe New Mexico

PDN Exposure Award 2016

Rangefinder Storytellers Award 2015



Financial Times Weekend


Resident Advisor


Michigan State University BFA Studio Art w/concentration in graphic design 2009