Ray Whitehouse is a Chicago-based freelance documentary photographer. He attended Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism and has interned at The Oregonian, The News and Record of North Carolina and The Herald-Times of Indiana.
He grew up in the Albany Park neighborhood of Chicago and loved playing baseball and basketball.
His start in photography came at 16 when he began working for an Illinois high school basketball blog, photographing future NBA players Derrick Rose, Iman Shumpert and Evan Turner.
Though he entered Northwestern intending to study political science and philosophy, he took his first photo assignment for the school paper before he received his first academic assignment of college.
While in college, he developed a foundation of skills in visual storytelling, grammar, writing and editing. His work has been recognized by the National Press Photographers Association, Illinois Press Photographers Association and Associated Collegiate Press.
He aims to tell good stories.