About

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Chris Pugh (b. 1971, Ukiah, Ca) is an award-winning documentary photographer from Ukiah, California. He is a member of the Partial Arts photography collective, founder of the Ukiah Photography Club, and staff photographer at the Ukiah Daily Journal.

With a focus on rural architecture, abandoned buildings, and forgotten subjects, Pugh pays tribute to the history of life in America through the lens of his camera.

Pugh is a fan of William Eggleston, Charles Bukowski, and anything touched by Jack White. He collects photo books, vinyl records, and is a lover of fountain pens and moleskin notebooks.

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.