About

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Chris Pugh (b. 1971, Ukiah, Ca) is an editorial and commercial photographer based in Northern California whose work is published in newspapers throughout the country both online and print media. The pictures that he makes are diverse in that on any given day he could be taking photos of a young lady getting her nose pierced, a gathering of LGBT friends at the local watering hole, or working on a story about a celebration at one of the local Buddhist temples.

Pugh is the founder of the Ukiah Photography Club where he served as club president from 2010 until 2018. He is a founding member of the Deep Valley Arts Collective, and has taught photography in the Ukiah area and has photographed for organizations such as The Special Olympics of Northern California, Mendo Mayhem Roller Derby, and the Ukiah Chamber of Commerce.

Outside of photography, 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.


  • Feature Shoot - 2018

  • The Ukiah Daily Journal - 2015-Present

  • The Print Swap - 2017

  • The Cannafornian - 2017-Present

  • Partial Arts Issue 1 - 2016

  • 7x7 Bay Area - 2016

  • Vice TV - Weediquette | Pot Powowow - 2016

  • Al Jazeera America - Tribal Raids - 2015

  • Land of the Lost - Hopland Tap - 2019

  • Ukiah Photography Club Group Show - Corner Gallery - 2017

  • On the Job - Solo Show - First Friday - 2016

  • Partial Arts Group Show - Seeing Things Gallery - 2016

  • Ukiah Photography Club Group Show - Corner Gallery - 2016

  • Ukiah Photography Club Group Show - Corner Gallery - 2015

  • The Redwood View - Solo Show - First Friday - 2014

  • Ukiah Photography Club Group Show - Barra Winery - 2014

  • Ukiah Photography Club Group Show - Corner Gallery - 2013

  • You Had to Be There - Solo Show - Corner Gallery - 2013

  • To Be Seen - Solo Show - Ukiah Players Theater - 2012

  • Juror - Ten - Corner Gallery -2019

  • Juror - 5k - Corner Gallery - 2018

  • Finalist - CNPA Better Newspaper Awards - 2018

  • Juror - In the Zone - Corner Gallery - 2017

  • Print Swap Selection Winner - Feature Shoot - October 2017

  • First Place Award - CNPA Better Newspaper Awards - 2017

  • Honorable Mention - CNPA Better Newspaper Awards - 2017

  • First Place Award - CNPA Better Newspaper Awards - 2016

  • Feature Writer - Ukiah Daily Journal - 2016-Present

  • Juror - Perspectives - Corner Gallery - 2016

  • Chief Photographer - Ukiah Daily Journal - 2015-Present

  • Producer - Field Notes Photography Podcast - 2015-2016

  • First Place Award - Western Association Achievements Awards - 2014

Pugh's work is also been published in the the Willits News, the Fort Bragg Advocate, the Mendocino Beacon, Lake County Record Bee, the Napa Valley Register, and the Press Democrat.