Photographer Douglas Beasley


Photo copyright by Douglas Beasley.


Photo copyright by Douglas Beasley.


Photo copyright by Douglas Beasley.


Photo copyright by Douglas Beasley.


Photo copyright by Douglas Beasley.


The following text appears in Aline Smithson’s LENSCRATCH blog.

The complete LENSCRATCH article can be read at:


Known for his Vision Quest workshops and stunning photographs about Native Americans and the American West, Douglas  Beasley is someone who has found a place in the world where the earth meets spirit. He lives in a passive solar home surrounded by trees in Saint Paul, MN and when not out traveling the world he can be found tending his Japanese gardens or enjoying a strong cup of coffee while listening to loud music.

Douglas received a BFA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where he also studied Eastern Religions and Native American culture.  After working in a variety photo studios, he opened his own in Minneapolis, MN with an emphasis on commercial and editorial fashion. As a strong feminist, he considers himself the world’s most unlikely fashion photographer. This evolved into shooting throughout the country for various advertising, educational, public service and non-profit clients. He currently works on fine-art based commercial projects around the world.

He has been published internationally and featured in numerous photo magazines such as Zoom, The Sun, B&W,PDN and PhotoVision. His first book Japan; A Nisei’s First Encounter, offers insight into his journey to his mother’s Japanese homeland. His most recent book Earth Meets Spirit was recently published by 5 Continents Editions in Milan, Italy and is distributed by Abrams.

As founder and director of Vision Quest Photo Workshops, Beasley provides workshops that emphasize personal expression and creative vision over the mechanics of camera use. His upcoming workshop, Zen and the Art of Photography at Breitenbush Hot Springs in Oregon is running September 16th -21st. Douglas has also created Vision Quest cards that help keep photographers motivated.

By Jim McKinniss

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