Hello, and thanks for checking out my website! My name is John Kraus; I’m a 19-year-old photographer from Satellite Beach, Florida. I recently graduated high school in May 2018 and I am on a journey to make photography my full-time career.
Living on the Space Coast my entire life, I've always recognized my community's heritage as America's premiere gateway to space, but when I started photography in early 2015 — basically on a whim — my drive to capture rocket launches greatly increased my appreciation for the immense preparation, coordination, and engineering prowess required to conduct spaceflight operations, as well as the meticulous attention to detail required to capture the perfect moment in one still frame.
My passion to tell the story of spaceflight in imagery has taken me to incredible places, such as the roof of NASA's 525-foot-tall Vehicle Assembly Building; to New York City to work with a rocket startup company; to Colorado to meet with United Launch Alliance CEO Tory Bruno; and to historic launch sites such as LC-39A, the launchpad that sent humans to the moon.
After my first year of photography, my work covering launches from public locations was noticed by a space news media outlet at Cape Canaveral, and in February 2016, I was granted an opportunity to cover a launch on-site as a launch photojournalist. Starting then, I worked under AmericaSpace, one of the leading space news websites covering American spaceflight, and I've continued covering launches as a freelance photographer in the time since.
Along with other credentialed members of the media, I am typically able to set up cameras at launch facilities to capture closeup views of rocket launches. Often very close in proximity to the launch vehicles, my cameras are sound-triggered and must capture photographs without human intervention. I frequently photograph launches off-site to take advantage of the beautiful scenery the Space Coast has to offer, and I've also traveled to California to cover launches at Vandenberg Air Force Base.
In July 2018, I had the pleasure of working for Launcher, a New York-based rocket startup on a ten-year timeline to build a commercial small satellite launch vehicle. During my week in New York, I created specialized imagery for the company of its rocket engine's static test fires in Long Island, as well as photographs of the Launcher team and facilities.
Put on display in September 2017, one of my most popular photos is displayed two-stories-tall at United Launch Alliance's headquarters in Centennial, Colorado.
I had the honor of volunteering for Buzz Aldrin’s ShareSpace Foundation in July 2017, working as an event photographer at the ShareSpace Foundation Apollo 11 Gala at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, which commemorated the 48th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission in July 1969.
Apart from photographing rockets, my interest in other genres of photography — particularly landscapes — has given me a newfound admiration for the beautiful area I'm lucky to call home.
Publications and features:
United Launch Alliance company headquarters: Two-story-tall image mural
Aviation Week 2018 Photo Contest: Overall winner, "Best of Best" award
VICE News, HBO special: October 1, 2018
Bloomberg Businessweek magazine, cover: July 2018
Aviation Week magazine, cover: February 2018
National Geographic online feature: July 2016
CNBC online feature: April 2018
4x NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day: October 11th, 2018; August 15th, 2018; April 21st, 2018; January 13th, 2018
National Geographic online article on rocket launches: January 2019
WIRED magazine: October 2016
WIRED.com: August 2016
Condé Nast magazine: April 2018
Condé Nast Traveller magazine: November 2018
Fstoppers: July 2017
Observer: April 2017
Digital Photo magazine: October 2016
Digital Photography Review: September 2016
Pro Photographer Magazine: August 2016
DigitalRev Bokeh: June 2016
Resource Mag Online: June 2016
Fast Co Design: February 2015
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