Craig Carlson became interested in photography in his early teens and subsequently worked at student publications from high school through his university studies. Craig received his B.A. from San Diego State University in 1973 and his M.A. from Humboldt State University in 1976.
His professional work for editorial, advertising, and commercial clients spans over thirty-five years. Craig has taught photography for thirty-five years in several colleges throughout San Diego County, including teaching Creative Photography and Digital Imaging in the School of Art, Design, and Art History at San Diego State University for the last sixteen years.
He is a manuscript and book proposal reviewer for Focal Press and the author of Look Before You See, a self-published photography text.
Craig has exhibited his photographs since 1970, and his work is included in numerous corporate and private collections. For the last fourteen years, he has concentrated on photographing the Western United States.