Clark James Mishler

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Trained as a graphic designer, Clark James Mishler was first introduced to the photographic process in the early 1970's at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. After completing his studies, Clark traveled to Alaska where he lived and worked as a graphic designer until being hired by the National Geographic Magazine  in 1977 as a layout editor. In 1979 Clark left Washington, D.C. and returned to Alaska in order to pursue a career in photography. During his long career in Alaska, Clark has endeavored to document the many cultures of Alaska’s indigenous people and their subsistence activities. His Portrait-a-Day project, now in its eighth year, has resulted in a posting of at least one portrait each day on his blog:

During the past 35 years, Clark has taught at George Washington University in Washington D.C. and Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage. Currently living in Calistoga, California, with his wife, Mitzi, Clark is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers and The National Press Photographer's Association. Visit him online at