Viewfinder: Chris Jackson

Chris Jackson's love of photography started “out of necessity” and a desire to capture his friends riding their BMX bikes. Now he works for several publications, taking pictures in and around his home state of West Virginia.


Chris Jackson: I was born and raised in Saint Albans, West Virginia. It is a small town outside of Charleston in Kanawha County. My father worked as a manager for Walker Machinery, which for the most part dealt with supplying trucks, repairs and other large equipment to the coal industry. My mother, when not at home with my brother and I, worked as a secretary for several firms. I graduated high school in 2001 and took some time off to figure out what the hell I wanted to do. Eventually, I enrolled at a small local college as a business major, switched to biology then transferred to West Virginia University in the journalism school.