About the Artist


Jack Parsons' eye has been schooled by different countries and separate media. The benefits are reflected in his more than a dozen published books and a lifetime of successful photography. (Download full résumé as PDF).

Born in New York City, he received BA and MA degrees in English Literature at the University of Colorado, then a diploma in film-making from The London International Film School. His film credits include cinematography for the Audubon special "The New Range Wars" (1991), the 1989 "Painted Earth" (produced by the Getty Museum with New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art) and film festival award-winners such as "A Weave of Time" (1986).

Parsons has produced documentaries on numerous aspects of Southwestern culture and the National Endowment for the Arts sponsored both his three-year survey of santeros (traditional sculptors of devotional figures) and the two-year Entriega Project, which recorded music by traditional Hispanic musicians. As the grandson of pioneering anthropologist Elsie Clews Parsons, deep family ties to the Southwest inform Parson's work there.

In addition to shooting around the world, Parsons has photographed pueblo architecture, lowrider cars, Southwestern landscapes and lived traditions. His editorial work and stock photography clients range from the National Geographic Society to Singapore Airlines; his photos are seen in publications from Actuel and Geo to America's Forbes and the New York Times.

Jack Parsons has published more than a dozen books, details of which are here. He pioneered the "lifestyle" genre with Rizzoli's international best-seller "Santa Fe Style", which has been followed by numerous best-selling volumes on art, décor and culture. With Carmella Padilla, a fellow recipient of the New Mexico Governor's Award for Excellence and Achievement in the Arts, Parsons created both "The Chile Chronicles" and "El Rancho de las Golandrinas".


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