I started playing with my father’s 35mm camera when I was about four. Fortunately, he was a patient man who was busy in the U.S. Air Force. We moved around a lot. I saw much of the world go by through my camera’s lens. By the time I was twelve, I had my black and white darkroom.

I graduated from what is now called The Walter Cronkite School at Arizona State University. My degree was in television production. After school I found my way into into the motion picture industry in Arizona. I started out as production assistant, but soon was working as a camera assistant on the film sets. These were mostly 35mm film shoots; national and regional television commercials. I learned from the best cameramen in the world by assisting them on those sets.

After a some time in Hollywood in the late eighties, I moved back to Austin, Texas where I stayed for nearly fifteen years. There I moved up from being an Assistant Cameraman to Director of Photography. While in Texas, I shot several 16mm feature films, a few commercials and some music videos. I also got in on a couple of awards at The South by Southwest Film Festival.

Currently I live in Phoenix where I am involved in still photography, video production and writing for the screen.

jackson saunders