Douglas R. Clifford - Photographer


During my childhood my parents had curated a couple hundred issues of National Geographic magazine, which I remember studying for hours, for years, while growing up in St. Louis, Missouri. I was inspired by the vivid stories of people from every corner of the world. It was a natural evolution that I ended up studying photojournalism at the University of Florida. I joined Times Publishing Company in 1998, and began documenting storytelling moments for our daily reports – spot news, features, sports, portraiture, food, fashion, etc. My secret (to success): stay focused on the most storytelling elements while remaining open to the unexpected. Photojournalism can also be creative, and I believe it’s my passion to create, along with my personality - adventurous, intense, tenacious, compassionate, confident, patient, curious, evolving - that inspires me to get up each day and do it all over again.

  1. Activist Mary-Elizabeth Estrada, with the Florida Student Power Network, of Tampa, stands against Chevron Corporation’s record profits while joining a protest on Tuesday, April 6, 2022, in front of a Mobil gas station on Fowler Ave in Tampa. The group gathered at the prominent corner across from the University of South Florida campus to stand against increasing gas prices fueling the oil and gas industry’s record profits and to demand that Tampa Congresswoman Kathy Castor take federal action.
  2. Denali attends her Be Mine Gotcha Day Celebration on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022, at Salty Paws in Dunedin. Denali sustained severe scarring on her back and head after being intentionally burned with gasoline in a 2018 arson fire in Pasco County.

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