Chris Pugh (b. 1971, Ukiah, Ca) is an editorial and commercial photographer based in Northern California whose work is published in newspapers throughout the world, both in online and print media. Pugh is focused on day-to-day news coverage and telling the stories of life in Mendocino County. The photographs that he makes are diverse in nature. On any given day he could be taking pictures of a young lady getting her nose pierced, a gathering of LGBT friends at the local watering hole, or working a story about a celebration at a local Buddhist temple.
Pugh is the founder of the Ukiah Photography Club where he served as club president from 2010 until the summer of 2017. He has taught photography in and around the Ukiah area for many years and has photographed for organizations such as The Special Olympics of Northern California, Mendo Mayhem Roller Derby, and the Ukiah Chamber of Commerce.
Pugh is known for his love of loose leaf tea, locally brewed craft beer, 80's heavy metal music, and his fondness for useless trivia knowledge.