Jerry Takigawa received a BA in art with an emphasis in painting from
San Francisco State University in 1967. He studied photography with Don Worth and used the medium primarily as a tool to do photo-real paintings and drawings. In 1969 he made a transition from being a painter to working exclusively with the camera. His early work focused on social and ecological documentary. In 1971 he moved from the San Francisco Bay area back to the Monterey Peninsula and began shooting color. In 1982 he was the first photographer to be given the Imogen Cunningham Award for color photography. His work is in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the University of Louisville, the Library of Congress, and the Monterey Museum of Art. Jerry is represented by the Saret Gallery in Sonoma, CA and the Weston Gallery in Carmel, CA.