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About Howard

Howard has over 30 years experience as a staff photojournalist for newspapers and magazines. He has served as a picture editor and Director of Photography, and as a wedding photojournalist he has photographed over 300 weddings for brides seeking exceptional wedding photography. In addition to his photographic work, Howard is also an experienced print & web designer.

Howard approaches his commercial, editorial, and wedding assignments with the same energy and creative vision as his documentary and personal work. He takes the time necessary to see, learn, and understand the unique qualities of a subject before he photographs it. He cares about his assignments, working quickly and efficiently to make perceptive portraits and decisive images.

Howard's photography has been exhibited internationally and is in the permanent collections of the Oakland Museum, and the University of California.

Key Achievements

1998 University & College Designers Association Award of Excellence in Photography

1997 Council for the Advancement in Education Award of Distinction in Photography

1992 Associated Press Executive News Council Sports Photographer of the Year

1992 Nominations for the Pulitzer Prize in Spot News Photography and Public Service

1984 The Hearst Foundation Greg Robinson Memorial Scholarship


Time, Newsweek, New York Times, LA Times, Paris VSD, London Daily Mirror, Outside Magazine, AP, Agence France-Press, Reuters, UPI, San Francisco Chronicle, Guitar Player, Frets & Keyboard Magazines, CitiGroup, Citibank, Bay Area Business Council, The British Counsel General, Royal Bank of Scotland, The Royal Society of Chemistry, TOGOS, Fairmont Hotel, Mackenzie Communications, Golden State Warriors, National Basketball Association, Paul Mitchell Salon Systems, SEVA Foundation, The City of Hayward CA, United States Department of Energy, and the Oakland College of Law


1975 – 2014 | Freelance Photojournalist and Editor

2001 – 2008 | The Wedding Bureau - Wedding Photojournalist

1996 – 2000 | The Oakland Tribune - Staff Photojournalist

1995 – 2000 | University of California - Contract Photojournalist and Picture Editor 

1993 – 1998 | Citibank of California & Citicorp New York - Contract Photographer

1992 – 1993 | The Oakland Tribune - Director of Photography

1988 – 1992 | Oakland Tribune - Staff Photojournalist and Picture Editor

1986 – 1988 | Marin Independent Journal - Staff Photojournalist

1985 – 1986 | Vallejo Times-Herald - Staff Photojournalist


Carrer Highlights and Exhibitions

2005 | Documentary The Whispering of Big Fly and Littlewind 20 years of photography and reporting on the impact of forced relocation and coal mining on the future of traditional life on the Navajo Nation.

2001 | Exhibition and CD-Rom > UC at the Century > University of California & Santa Barbara Museum

1998 | Award of Excellence in Photography > Museums of the University of California > University Designers Association

1997 | Award of Distinction in Photography > UC Berkeley Magazine > Council for the Advancement and Support of Education

1997| Group Exhibition > Art Against the Death Penalty > Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco, Ca

1996 | Traveling Solo Exhibition > Traditional Stories of the American Indian > Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan

1995 | Museum Collection > Oakland Tribune News Photography > Oakland Museum, Oakland, Ca

1995 | Solo Exhibition > The SEVA Foundation Concert for Indigenous Peoples > Berkeley Community Theatre, Berkeley, Ca

1995 | Group Exhibition > Native American Voices > Sun Gallery, Hayward, Ca

1992 | Pulitzer Prize Nominations > Spot News Photography & Public Service > The Pulitzer Prize Foundation

1992 | Sports Photographer of the Year > Associated Press Executive News Council

1984 | The Hearst Foundation Greg Robinson Memorial Scholarship > Portfolio


Famous People I have Photographed

Kim Bassinger, Rae Dong Chong, Bill Cosby, Cindy Crawford, Richard Gere, Ali Macgraw, Sharon Stone, Jackson Browne, Bill Gates, Lindsay Wagner, Alice Walker, Alice Waters, Phil Collins, KD Lang, Bonnie Raitt, Michelle Shocked, The Grateful Dead, Gov. Jerry Brown, President Richard M. Nixon, President George H.W. Bush, President Jimmy Carter, President Bill Clinton, Sen. Hillary Clinton, Sen. Ted Kennedy, Vice-President Al Gore, Rev. Jessie Jackson, and The Dalai Lama



"Howard brings a sensitive eye and caring heart to his wedding photography. His vast newspaper experience has trained him to have a sharp, decisive eye that is always on the lookout for the little moments that are often missed."

- Alan Weiner, CEO, The Wedding Bureau


"Howard is a great photojournalist. I have worked with many and I've always felt that he was one of the most committed to the profession and ethics of journalism."

- Charles Jackson, City Editor, Oakland Tribune


“It’s interesting that Howard, in the world of photojournalism, is doing some radical news photography. He’s either going to make a name for himself or find himself unemployable. It winds up as a style of photography that old school photographers don’t respond to very well. His stuff is so fresh and different, that it’s interesting six months later. That’s the real strength of Howard’s work. There are times I would have died to have work like Howard’s."

- John Burks - Dean of the Department of Journalism, San Francisco State University