Photographer Doug Knutson specializes in the photographic illustration of people for articles, ads, and annuals.
A native of the Minneapolis area, Knutson received his B.A. from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, before returning to Minneapolis where he has been a photographer since 1986. Knutson also has studied with documentary photographer Mary Ellen Mark and portrait photographer Arnold Newman.
Knutson often photographs assignments for Time, Business Week, and Information Week magazines. He has photographed many annual reports, including for clients Amgen, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Possis Medical. He has shot ads for 3M, Northwest Airlines, Cunard Cruise Lines, and West Group.
Among those who have sat for a Knutson portrait are Nobel laureates Elie Wiesel, Lech Walesa, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu; political figures Walter Mondale, Harold Stassen, David Gergan, and numerous cabinet Secretaries and Ambassadors; authors Amy Tan, Tom Clancy, and Rita Dove; television news personalities Tom Brokow and Charles Osgood; former Beirut hostages Terry Waite and Terry Anderson; photographer Gordon Parks; explorers Robert Ballard (Titanic), David Breashears (Everest), and Sylvia Earle (National Geographic Society); and actor James Earl Jones.