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Don Jackson photographs what speaks to him. Driven by passion and love of the natural world and the adventure of exploration and discovery, he photographs the wonder of the tiniest of details, the expanses of the grandest landscapes, the aliveness of fleeting wildlife and the essence of people.  

Don Jackson at Mono Lake 1997 Workshop (C) Michael Pond
Photo © Michael Pond
Mono Lake workshop

He is best known for his colorful landscape images of Mono Lake (a 28-year advocate and volunteer for the Mono Lake Committee), magestic bald eagles, flowing snow geese, tundra swans and other birds, and landscapes from Sonoma County, California and the Southwest. In addition, Don is well known for his vibrant and dynamic Burning Man images, and has been hired by Rolling Stone Magazine to cover the event for their publication.

Don's work is available in brilliant, archival, true limited-edition (selected images) and open-edition fine-art prints through his own gallery and through other galleries and art shows, such as the annual ARTrails Open Studio Tour every October. Don utilizes the latest, start-of-the-art digital printing systems, including his in-studio 12-color, 60" archival pigment printers. He personally mats and frames his own images, carefully over-laying each image with hand-cut archival rag mats and simple metal frames, creating a "clean yet elegant" look suitable for any decor and allowing the image to "speak". Most images are framed 16" x 20" up to 48" x 60" and he can print as large as 60" x 59' in a single panel. Special mounting is available for larger images.

His work has appeared in many publications, including calendars (a regular in the Mono Lake Committee calendar), books, magazines, newspapers, notecards and postcards, company brochures, websites and now posters. 

Don is also a respected commercial photographer. His clients include Aglilent, Hewlett-Packard, Sierra Club, Coca-Cola, Wine News Magazine, Topolos / Russian River Vineyards, Joseph Swan Vineyards, Gallo, and many others.


  • Photographer of the Year and eight other awards by Outdoor California magazine
  • Semi-Finalist, BBC International Wildlife Photographer of the Year
  • Best of Show and three 1st. place awards two consecutive years, Audubon Bald Eagle Conference, Klamath Falls Oregon


Don has been teaching workshops for many years. He loves to share the experience of being in nature, learning to see and then creating great (or at least better) photographs. He has taught for Ansel Adams Gallery, Audubon Society, California State Park System, Mono Lake committee / Foundation, The Photography School and Sonoma Land Trust and privately through Don Jackson Photography. Keep checking the websites for latest information.


Don has had gallery shows since 1985 when his first gallery show, "Fall '85 Tour, Yosemite to the San Juan's" was a result of a six-week camping and photography adventure that made him decide it was time to turn his passion of photography into a profession.

Since then, he has had numerous solo and group shows throughout California, Oregon and Utah and has been represented by The Center Street Gallery, The  Photography Gallery, Mount Shasta Wildlife Gallery (Now Black Bear Gallery), Wahlberg Gallery, Wild Art Gallery, Mono Lake Committee and most recently The Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite and Lee Vining (Mono Lake).


With the advent of digital imaging, Don utilizes the Canon DSLR digital systems for most people, event and even some landscape photography that does not require extremely large prints. For most of his work, Don has used many different camera systems over the past 20 years, but has settled in with his Fuji 680 (6x8cm) system for most of his landscape and scenic photography and 35mm Nikon cameras for capturing wildlife. The Fuji system allows the creative aspects of a system with front standard movements of a view camera with the flexibility and speed of a roll film camera. He additionally uses a Toyo 4x5" system and an Art Panoramic 6x17cm system. He is also using a Mamiya 7 (6x7 cm system) when lightweight medium format system is needed. Also new in the past year is a Gitzo Carbon Fiber tripod and a Kirk King Cobra gimbal mount.For more about equipment, see Tech Stuff.