John Russo

In the summer of 1999 I traveled to Europe.  I met a film editor living in Paris who exposed me to the inner workings of documentary filmmaking and the world of French documentary still photographers like Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Doisneau.  I immediately became enamored with street photography and the idea of the “decisive moment”.

In 2000, I was introduced to the work of Sebastião Salgado through his book Terra.  From that moment, I knew my photographic career would never be the same.  I realized that the camera is an important tool utilized to document the world and the times in which we live.

In 2006, I attended the VII workshop hosted in Jerusalem.  Here I worked independently to produce a photo essay on the shrinking Palestinian Christian population of Israel and the West Bank.  I was privileged to work with and learn from Gary Knight and Alexandra Boulat of the VII Agency while attending.

I decided to return to school to complete my undergraduate degree and in the spring of 2011, I received my B.S. in Photojournalism from San Jose State University.

During my time at SJSU, I was mentored by Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Kim Komenich.  Kim helped me to realize my potential as a filmmaker, and in my last semester at the university, I began to produce a short film documenting the apocalyptic end of the world predicted by Harold Camping.

In the summer of 2010 I was selected for a position as a photography intern at the San Francisco Chronicle.  Upon completion of my internship, I began freelancing for the publication.

In the fall of 2010, I was accepted as a student to the 62nd annual Missouri Photo Workshop held in Macon, MO. I was instructed by Randy Olson, freelance photographer for National Geographic Magazine, and former Time Photo Editor MaryAnne Golon.

I am a photographer and filmmaker living in the San Francisco Bay Area.  I am for hire as a portrait photographer, photojournalist and filmmaker, and I have a valid passport.

My clients include: San Francisco Chronicle, Toledo Blade, James L. & John S. Knight Foundation, Terrain Magazine, Metro Newspapers, Good Old Boat Magazine, Wend Magazine, New Directions, The Registry Magazine and the Richard Nixon Foundation.