Jonathan Alcorn

Jonathan Alcorn

Los Angeles, United States
Pasadena, United States
“I love the thrill of racing out to cover a breaking news story, not knowing what to expect, and then witnessing it all unfold.”


I cover breaking news, features and entertainment. I am also very interested in documenting our rapidly growing ageing population. I recently worked on my third long-term story about Alzheimer's disease.

One Shot

Space Shuttle Endeavour is transported down Manchester Avenue while being moved from Los Angeles International Airport to the California Science Center.
“I really like this image that I shot recently of the Space Shuttle Endeavour outside Randy's Donuts. I was patient and the lighting just came together at dusk. It's a fun photo of my home city of LA.”


As a kid, my bedroom walls were literally covered with photos from magazines, and when I was 11 years old I asked my mother to buy me a small Kodak camera. I used to sit in front of the TV watching the LA Lakers, pretending I was photographing the game (thankfully there was no film in the camera!).

In college I signed up for a photo class to learn how to use a 35mm film camera. I was immediately hooked.

I got my first assignment after I met a photographer who worked for the local newspaper and he gave me his phone number. I kept calling for months and then he gave me my first piece to shoot – the Temple City Women's Club annual membership tea party. I was a nervous wreck.

A photo that left a big mark on me was one that I took of a lady sitting in a wheelchair in the living room of her home, which was being foreclosed by a banking giant. It was a small house and it was apparent that this woman and her family were struggling mightily. The photo came together while she talking with her mother. It was so sad, but I hoped my pictures would make a difference somehow – that was the reason I wanted to become a photojournalist in the first place.

I love the thrill of racing out to cover a breaking news story, not knowing what to expect, and then witnessing it all unfold. Such an adrenaline rush!

I strive to take photos that have as universal an appeal as possible, and that evoke emotions in the viewer.

I have learnt the power of patience, of waiting for a photo to come together. And thankfully, this has translated into my life in general.

I respect Garry Winogrand, who had a unique ability to blend into the scene and capture real life in an extraordinary way. He is truly inspiring to me.

It's an honour and privilege to be a photojournalist.

Behind the Scenes

. Venice Beach, United States
Jonathan Alcorn shoots pictures on Venice Beach, California.