Chris Walker

Chris Walker grew up on a small farm outside of rural Croswell, Michigan where his parents instilled in him a near-reverent appreciation for the land and its natural inhabitants. Today we find in Chris a rare blend of artist and journalist with deep concerns for social anthropology and our ever-changing environment.

He has photographed for clients ranging from The Associated Press and The New York Times to Scientific American and Camping Life magazine, where he was their regular photography columnist for five years. In 1995, the Ernst Haas Awards named Chris to their annual list of the world's top 100 emerging photographers.

Walker served five years as a general assignment photographer for The Blade in Toledo, Ohio, where he covered assignments ranging from hostage situations and food illustrations to professional sports and the epoch spring movement of sandhill cranes along the Platte River. As a photojournalist, he was part of a three-person team that won a finalist spot for Investigative Reporting in the 2000 Pulitzers.

Chris left The Blade in 1998 to pursue a Master of Fine Arts in photography at SIUC. After receiving his degree, he taught as an adjunct for several colleges and has recently begun his first full-time appointment as an assistant professor in Auburn University's Department of Communication and Journalism.