|Who is Douglas Henderson?|
Doug Henderson is a native-born Oklahoman(part Cherokee Indian). He comes from unpretentious working class stock, the son of a welder and the first person in his family history to have a college degree.
Even as a child Doug was always writing, painting, filming or designing something. He discovered photography as a teenager, made dramatic 8mm movies in high school, and wrote a regular humor column for his college newspaper. His design work first surfaced in elaborately painted murals on custom motorcycles in the 1970s.
He began making a living in photography in 1985.
In 1987 he trained as a police photographer in Chicago and began providing photography and graphic design services to create forensic exhibits for court cases.
Doug claims his forensic photography, much of which has taken place in morgues, accident scenes and burn centers. has greatly influenced his life perspective and thus his design aesthetic.
Doug Henderson (L) and bodyguard,
Ghana, Africa, April, 2004.
He says that a person can't be confronted with that much death, pain and suffering and not look at life differently. He sees beauty in common objects and scenes that most people pass by. He feels that any human being still drawing breath is inherently beautiful. His photojournalistic photography is known to be very empathetic.
His photography of the Oklahoma City Bombing appeared in Newsweek, Newsweek Japan and many other publications. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, National Enquirer, National Examiner, Oklahoma Today, Tulsa World and others.
He has worked all over the USA, in South Africa, Ghana, the Ivory Coast, Senegal, The Gambia, Ecuador, the Andes, the Amazon Rainforest, Columbia, the Galapagos Islands and the Yucatan Penninsula.
1996 Doug began teaching a photography class for Tulsa Technology Center,
then later an Adobe Photoshop class. As he puts it, based on what his
students taught him about how people learn these subjects, Doug ended
up writing textbooks on these topics, and his spin-off business; Now
Books. He is the author of Photoshop Now, Digital
Photography Now, More Photoshop Now and Photography Now,
used in schools and tech centers all over the United States. Oddly enough
he is also the author of a Why
Inclusion, a theology book.
His photography is also featured in several coffe-table books; Omaha; Where Imagination meets Opportunity and Tulsa, A Photographic Portrait, Black Hills, Beyond All Expectations, and Gainsville. All published by Riverbend Books of Atlanta.
Doug is the author and photographer of Slavery's Castles, his book on the castles and forts used during the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, to be published by the University of Mississippi Press in 2012.
He contributes his time and talents to social work and churches, providing graphic design, photography, web design and copy writing to several causes, including AIDS research.
Married for 36years, Doug is a family man with two grown sons. He lives out in the country, with his wife and three large dogs, near Owasso, Oklahoma, in a home he designed and built.