After studying photography in college with an emphasis on journalism, Don Preisler worked for several small newspapers in the Chicago area for a while before being hired by the Palm Beach Post in Florida which at that time was doing cutting edge color reproduction when most of the papers were still doing black and white. He began covering assignments in the Eastern US as well as parts of Latin America. He was hired by an International wire service, Agence France-Presse, based out of Washington DC and continued covering the US and Latin American. From there he worked at the Washington Times for several years before moving to California where he freelanced for the New York Times before being hired by The University of California, Davis where he works today.
I enjoy getting out of the office, meeting new people, and creating interesting images.
What types of shoots have you done and how did you make them special?
Between being a full-time staff photographer and a freelancer I've shot thousands of assignments including wars in Central America, space shuttle launches, political convention, inaugurations, runway fashion in New York, a SuperBowl, in-depth travel stories, Indian reservations in South Dakota, coal miners in West Virginia, Elections in Haiti and other countries throughout Latin America, numerous hurricanes, floods, and tornados. I have covered some amazing stories, both heart-warming and heart-wrenching. I’ve photographing rich people, poor people and everyone in-between, listening to their stories and learning about their lives. It’s indeed been a privilege. I use my experience and always try to make each photo better than the previous one. I am a hard-working, self-sufficient problem solver.
Awards, honors, and recognitions received
Over the years I have won numerous awards from the National Press Photographers Association The White House News Photographers Association, and others. My photos are in the Library of Congress, and have appeared in major magazines, newspapers and trade journals.
A fun fact about this photographer
I played horseshoes with President George Bush Sr.