Douglas Despres is an American documentary photographer (b. 1981), based out of San Francisco Bay. His stories focus on social and human rights issues in the United States. Aside from self produced projects, Doug fields commissions from non-profits, NGO's, news outlets and private foundations. Editorially, he works with magazines, small business, and travel & lifestyle publications. Much more than the finished piece or production, Doug consistently finds the greatest interest in behind the scenes and daily lives of those working on a product or performance. An easy going demeanor, tendency towards risk over status quo and speedy photo-finger provide the perfect foundation to embed in a situation or community for in depth documentary coverage.

Doug has been a freelance photographer for 17 years. He has photographed for four newspapers, interned at the Maine Media Workshops, taught film and digital photography classes on the grounds of UC Berkeley, earned a photography focused Bachelor of Art Degree from the University of South Florida and has imagery in public and private collections around the United States.

Doug's latest commission from the Life Is Good Kids Foundation documented locations in Minneapolis of the recovery and road of hope from severe childhood trauma. His latest personal documentary coverage is on the multi-generational family tobacco farm life in Cuba's Pinar del Rio province, to be released in early 2019.

Before Cuban farm life, Doug focused on the Oceti Sakowin main camp daily life of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, fighting against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Those images were featured online alongside a 25 page printed photo-essay by Nowhere Magazine, in their 2017 Annual Print Issue as well as being part of an exhibition running alongside the Nobel Peace Prize forum in Oslo, Norway in 2018.

Production Skills & Specialities

Corporate, Documentary, Nature, Sports, Portrait, Disaster Coverage, Backpack Journalism, Photo Editing, Spot News, Still Photography