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Sacramento photojournalist serving Northern California, San Francisco Bay Area,
Napa, Sonoma, Lake Tahoe, the Pacific Northwest and beyond

John is an award winning photojournalist with over 20 years of photojournalism experience. His career has taken him across the globe working on the staffs of the New York Times, the Detroit Free Press, the Sacramento Bee and others. From 2003 through 2005, he was the personal photographer of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger where he documented the activities of the governor and first lady. You can read more about his extensive experience here.

Photojournalism single images portfolio

After working for twenty years as a photojournalist, John has the experience and expertise you need for your next job. His assignments have taken him across the globe from Singapore to Sacramento, Jordan to Jersey City, and from Turlock to Tel Aviv. His work has been published in Newsweek, Time, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Stern, by the Associated Press, Bloomberg News and many others.

Northern California photojournalist portfolio

Arnold Schwarzenegger portfolio

From 2005 until 2007 John was the official photographer for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver. John documented the activities of the governor, the first lady and the first family. His photographic pursuits for the governor's office took him across the country and around the globe as he recorded the historic intersection of politics and celebrity that surrounded Schwarzenegger.

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger: A portfolio of images

California recall election

During the summer and fall of 2003 John covered the historic recall election in California. Governor Gray Davis not very popular in the polls after the state suffered through a summer rolling blackout during the state's power crisis. Coupled with a huge budget deficit his opponents were able to collect enough signatures to recall the governor and hold a special election. Over 300 candidates, including actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, sought to replace Davis. Schwarzenegger went on to win the election in October 2003 and was re-elected in 2006.

California recall election Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jay Leno

Photo essay: Water wars - The Klamath water crisis

The Klamath River in Klamath, Ore. supplies water to many diverse interests in the Klamath Basin. An endangered species, the sucker fish, has created a conflict over water flows from the Klamath reservoir into the Klamath river. A lack of water in the region has environmentalists, farmers and Native Americans fighting with the U.S. Department of the Interior over what little water is left.

Photo essay: Klamath water crisis

The Photojournalist's Coffee House

The photojournalist's Coffee House, launched in 1994, was John's first web site. At the coffee house you will find a photo documentary on a homeless community in Covington, Kentucky and photo essays on carnival workers in Ohio, the clown alley of the Clyde Beatty Cole Brothers circus and a homeless couple living on the banks of the Hudson River in Jersey City. Although this collection is a bit of a relic from the past, it is still quite interesting and worth checking out.

Photojournalist's Coffee House - Photojournalism

Want to see more of John's work? Check out his gallery of images from Vashon Island in Washington State.

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