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.

In 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 work can be seen in three museums. His photography was the subject of a one man show "Light & Death", at Apertures Gallery in 2002 and was featured in a two artist exhibit; Art After Hours in 2005 in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Some of his photography from Africa was featured in a one man show at the Circle Cinema, "Threads of Africa". His next show will be at Philbrook Museum of Art, "Doors of No Return: The Remains of Africa's Slave Castles" which will hang in the main rotunda from June 5 through August 7, 2011.

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.