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Chico, California, based photographer-writer Douglas Keister, has authored thirty-five critically acclaimed books. He also writes and illustrates magazine articles and contributes photographs and essays to dozens of magazines, newspapers, books, calendars, posters and greeting cards worldwide. His twenty-five books on architecture include five books on Victorian homes (Daughter’s of Painted Ladies, Painted Ladies Revisited, America’s Painted Ladies, Victorian Glory and 500 Victorians); twelve books on bungalow homes (The Bungalow, Inside the Bungalow, Outside the Bungalow, 500 Bungalows and eight small format books on bungalow details), a book on 1920s whimsical homes (Storybook Style) a book about cemetery art and architecture (Going Out in Style), a book on Spanish architecture, (Red Tile Style)four books on cottage (Classic Cottages, Inside Classic Cottages, Cottages and 500 Cottages a book on cemetery architecture (Going Out in Style) and a book on Courtyards.  Keister photographed and wrote an award winning children’s book (Fernando’s Gift), has two monographs of his personal work (Black Rock and Driftwood Whimsy), and four books on classic recreational vehicles, Ready to Roll, Silver Palaces,  Mobile Mansions and Teardrops and Tiny Trailers. His wealth of books on architecture has earned him the title, "America's most noted photographer of historic architecture." His book on cemetery symbolism, Stories in the Stone: A Field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism and Iconography, has garnered a number of glowing reviews. Sunset magazine said, “Keister has done for cemetery exploration what Audubon did for birding.?/span>


He is currently working on two children’s books shot in China, To Grandmother’s House: A Visit to Old-Town Beijing (January 2008), and Tao Tao’s Green Gift (Spring 2009), a book on Southern cemeteries, Forever Dixie (Fall 2008) and a book featuring his collection of glass negatives. Lincoln in Black and White 1910-1925 (Fall 2008)


Doug frequently gives presentations in conjunction with his books and is a frequent speaker at related events. In the past few years he has lectured in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Spokane, Kansas City, Boston, Milwaukee, Vermont, Winnemucca and Carson City, Nevada, Lincoln, Nebraska, The Smithsonian in Washington D.C. and the Cooper-Union in New York.


When not photographing and writing books, he shoots offbeat photos in the Nevada Desert.


Doug is available for speaking engagements in conjunction with his books, as well as lectures on historic architecture and photography. The most requested talks are cemetery history and architecture, Storybook Style architecture and photographic techniques. He has given slide show/lectures at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, Cooper-Union in New York and a variety of venues in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, Chicago, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Boston, Kansas City, Lincoln NE, Boston, Barre VT, Monterey CA and Spokane.

If you would like him to give a presentation to your organization, email him or call 530.892.1025 for more information.

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