Jeff G. Mitchell Photography
Jeff Mitchell has followed in the footsteps of his great-grandfather, author and filmmaker Edmund Mitchell, in
pursuing his passions for travel and photography. Jeff first felt the pull of photography in the early 1980s, while traveling through the Amazon River basin.
Realizing the importance of his experience and the need to document it, Jeff purchased his first camera, a Canon 35mm A-1.
Returning from his trip to the Amazon, Jeff realized his images lacked emotional impact. So, in an effort to improve his craft, he enrolled in photography classes at both Pasadena City College and Otis Parsons School of Design.
After completing his education, Jeff felt it was time for a new adventure. His choice of direction was heavily
influenced by the book The Snows of Kilimanjaro by Earnest Hemingway.
Jeff joined a multi-national group in an assault on the summit of the much-celebrated mountain. Reaching this goal impacted him so deeply that he was compelled to return to Africa time after time. His photographic work
documents his travels from the Uturi Forest in Uganda, where he spent time with an indigenous pygmy tribe, to as far south as the Kalahari Desert, where he shared life with the bushman. After returning from his adventures in Africa, Jeff started working on commercial projects, magazines, and corporate annuals.
Jeff then attended UCLA, taking photojournalism classes in preparation for his biggest adventure and challenge of all: Bosnia. In Bosnia his task was to photograph projects for a major humanitarian organization.The projects included:
- Psychosocial programs for children: These art therapies were designed to help children vent their emotions
and reduce the trauma of war.
- Winterization program: This project documented the repair of one room in a home, so the family could survive the winter without having to go to refugee camps where disease was rampant.
- Women head-of-household program: This project was to photograph town meetings designed to help
windowed women cope with the loss of husbands, brothers, and sons.