Jerry Dodrill

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It was clear early on that Jerry was not cut out for a desk job. His career as an adventure and landscape photographer has fostered a lifestyle that the average person might call unconventional. An avid climber of 20 years, he feels equally at home in a rocky bivouac or a soft bed. In college he dropped pre-med classes in favor of fine art and spent weekends scaling Yosemite's granite walls. Photography was at first a by-product of many adventures, but quickly became a goal of its own as he captured each experience with a concise aesthetic and spiritual light quality that reveals a sense of inspiration and captures the imagination.

Jerry's adventures have led around the globe. He has climbed all the major walls in Yosemite Valley, at crags across the West, close to a hundred summits in the Sierra, and peaks in Bolivia, Argentina and China. Full embrace of the many disciplines of climbing have led to many adventures and tales best told late at night around a raging campfire.

In 1997 Jerry achieved degrees in both fine art and photography at Pacific Union College (Napa Valley), then worked under acclaimed photographer Galen Rowell in Berkeley. He was soon managing Galen's gallery and workshops, an amazing experience (akin to a photographer’s bootcamp), but spending way too much time in the office. After several years he left to pursue his own projects.

Jerry's dedication has not gone unnoticed. He has won several international awards and has been exhibited in fine galleries such as the Ansel Adams, Mountain Light, Mumm Napa Valley, and Banff Center for Mountain Culture. His clients include The North Face, Vanity Fair, Sunset, Men's Journal, Outside, Alpinist, Rock & Ice, and Climbing magazines. His work has been featured in many ad campaigns, books and publications and is represented by Aurora Photos. After running a gallery on California's North Coast for the past five years, he now resides in the Sonoma County town of Sebastopol, California.