Doug Steakley is a widely recognized photographer from Carmel Valley, California. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Indiana University and his interest in adventure travel led him to pursue photography full time. His distinct images range from the Monterey Peninsula in California where he lives, to many international destinations where he enjoys traveling.
Five books of his photography have been published: Pacific Light, Images of The Monterey Peninsula, in 2000, and Big Sur and Beyond, The Legacy of The Big Sur Land Trust, in 2001. Two later books were published by Countryman Press: A Photographer’s Guide To The California Coast, in 2005, and Photographing Big Sur in 2011. A new large format book, Big Sur Revealed, was published in 2017.
Doug supports and works closely with several land preservation groups and a variety of his images have been published in annual reports and in many other related publications. In 2003, he received the Ansel Adams Award from The Sierra Club for his conservation photography.
Doug is a past member of the Board of Trustees for The Center For Photographic Art in Carmel, California. He also leads a wide variety of workshops, both in the United States and abroad, including expeditions to Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania, Burma, Cuba, Iceland and Nepal.
His images have been widely published in many local, national and international magazines including National Geographic, Architectural Digest, Backpacker, Outside, Better Homes and Gardens, Art and Antiques, Private Pilot, Luxury Living, The Robb Report, and Town and Country among others.
Photographs by Doug Steakley have received awards in many photography competitions, including those sponsored by National Geographic, Nature’s Best, North America Nature Photography Association, (NANPA) and National Geographic Traveler magazine.
Stock photography by Doug Steakley is represented world-wide by Getty Images and Interfoto.
As my photography skills improve, it has become increasingly important for me to develop a personal style or approach. Probably the most significant step I have taken in creating this personal vision has been to become more aware of my sub-conscious feelings. By bringing these feelings to the surface, I have been able to make more discerning decisions about what to photograph and what to print. In a way, I have created a personal map to give direction about what my work will become as it evolves.
All of us have seen photographs that speak to our hearts, images that provoke a lasting and strong emotional reaction. When I go to a photography exhibition there are usually one or two images that I can easily visualize two or three days later. Whatever the artist captured resonates and brings up an experience or feeling that we have in common. For myself, I know I have an image that is successful when someone who has seen it can easily recall it and comment on it days later.