John brings his experiences as a staff photojournalist at a major metropolitan newspaper, and as a graphics editor, design director, and magazine creative director at a midsize newspaper to his ability to create storytelling photographs and photo stories.
Having worked as both a photographer and as an art director, John has experienced both sides of the buyer-seller relationship and understands the needs of a designer and photographer.
Recently John left the daily grind of newspaper and magazine journalism to establish Dengler Images where he pursues his passion of photography along with his love of the outdoors.
All of John’s wildlife subjects are photographed in the wild, not in captive situations or “game farms.” As a professional photojournalist he maintains the highest standards of showing truth with his camera. John considers the well being of an animal more important than the image and will forgo a photo if he feels that it stresses an animal or puts it at risk. His goal for photos of wildlife and wild places is to give the viewer a chance to experience these places and animals, but more importantly to be touched by them and to recognize their value and protect them.
John is a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism where he majored in photojournalism. His work has been recognized with awards from the National Press Photographers Association, The Society of News Design, The Associated Press, United Press International, and the Illinois Press Photographers Association. His professional memberships include American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), Editorial Photographers (EP), and the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA).
John has been a faculty member at the world-renown documentary photography workshop, Missouri Photo Workshop, and most recently collaborated with photo editing icon Angus McDougall on their book Pacesetters in Corporate Journalism — International Harvester Magazines – reaching readers through photojournalism.
John is based in Springfield, Missouri located in the Missouri Ozarks region. Where’s John now?