Jason Hamacher is an internationally recognized musician, photographer, writer, and public speaker. He is the founder and director of Lost Origin Productions and the Lost Origins Gallery in Washington D.C. Lost Origins has taken Hamacher across the globe exploring the sights and sounds of culture, music, monuments and people. He’s partnered on projects with Smithsonian Folkways, Yale Institute of Sacred Music and the Sephardic Heritage Museum.
From 2005-2010, The Syrian Government and Syriac Orthodox Church granted Hamacher unprecedented access to the city of Aleppo. Hamacher went to document ancient religious traditions and captured the apex of Syria’s modernization before the eruption of civil war. Many of the people that he photographed were killed or fled the country; many of the places were destroyed. His archive of recordoings and photography were added into the permanent collection at the Library of Congress in early 2018. He contributes to the international conversation on Syria with frequent appearances on National Public Radio, BBC World Service, Al Jazeera, Voice of America, Huffington Post, Washington Post and the United Nations.