About John

John Hester has received numerous awards in photojournalism, including several first-place prizes, during his six years as a staff photographer for the Hunterdon County Democrat newspaper. During his newspaper days, he photographed a wide variety of assignments, from high school sports to local government to high-profile figures.

His photographs and accompanying article appeared in the November, 2004 issue of the British photography magazine Black & White Photography, and his portrait of the Dalai Lama was used for the official promotional pieces during his lecture series at Radio City Music Hall in New York City in October of 2007.

Over the years, John has pursued numerous personal photography projects, and has photographed many music legends including Pete Seeger, Billy Preston, Pete Best, Steve Holley and Laurence Juber. His long-term project of photographing Beatles-era musicians and performers has earned the praise of Mersey Beat founder Bill Harry, who described John’s photos as “the best portraits I’ve seen of them as they appear now.”

John is currently a frequent contributor to the Journal of Jersey Jazz, the official publication of the New Jersey Jazz Society (njjs.org).