Jason Thrasher lives in Athens, Georgia, where he’s been working as an artist and professional photographer for 20 years. His coverage of the Southeast’s rich and varied music scene includes published portraits of the Drive-By Truckers, of Montreal, R.E.M. and the Elephant Six collective, to name a few. He’s also captured rare images of OutKast at Stankonia and Rico Wade at his infamous hip-hop “Dungeon” in Atlanta, and images of Ty Segall, The Whigs, Widespread Panic, Cracker, Drive-By Truckers and Against Me! on tour. His ties to Athens and the world-famous 40 Watt Club and Georgia Theatre have also given him access to photograph nationally touring musicians on a regular basis.
Thrasher’s photography has been published in Rolling Stone, Billboard, New York Magazine, New York Times, The Bitter Southerner, Entertainment Weekly, Paste, The AV Club, Salon, Pitchfork, Garden & Gun, USA Today and SPIN. His work is featured in the album designs of the Drive-By Truckers, Patterson Hood, Booker T., Randall Bramblett, Cracker, David Lowery, Macha and Bad Religion. His promotional photography for New West Records, ATO Records, Anti Records, Warner Brothers, Total Treble, Razor & Tie, and Polyvinyl has produced many iconic images.
His fine art photography has been exhibited at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, ICA in London, Yerba Buena Arts Center in San Francisco, Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, Corcoran School of Fine Art in Washington, DC, and the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center. His new body of work based on the Athens music scene, Athens Potluck, is currently on view at the Georgia Theatre Gallery in downtown Athens, and was published in book form by Deeds in November 2017. Thrasher was awarded the 2018 Georgia Author Year Prize from The Georgia Writers Association. Thrasher lives and works with his artist wife and two daughters in Athens.