Dewitt Jones

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Dewitt Jones is an American professional photographer, writer, film director and public speaker, who is known for his work as a freelance photojournalist for National Geographic[1] and his column in Outdoor Photographer Magazine.[2] He produced and directed two films nominated for Academy Awards: Climb (1974), nominated for Best Live Action Short Film, and John Muir's High Sierra (1974), nominated for Best Short Subject Documentary.[3][4] He has published several books.


His column, Basic Jones, has appeared in Outdoor Photographer magazine for over 18 years. In it, Dewitt explores the spiritual side of photography.[5]

Dewitt has also produced a number of training films including Celebrate What's Right with the World and Everyday Creativity.


He is a cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College with a B.A. in Drama and holds a master's degree in filmmaking from UCLA.

Awards and legacy[edit]

Dewitt is the recipient of the Sierra Club's Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography which honors "superlative photography that has been used to further conservation causes".[6]

His 1974 film Climb was preserved by the Academy Film Archive in 2013.[7]

Books and articles[edit]

He has written nine books: California!, Visions of Wilderness, What the Road Passes By, Robert Frost - A Tribute to the Source, Canyon Country, John Muir's High Sierra, and The Nature of Leadership which was created with Stephen R. Covey.


  • Jones, Dewitt; Judith Morgan (1989). California!. Graphic Arts Center Publishing. ISBN 1-55868-014-4.
  • Jones, Dewitt; Loren Eiseley (1980). Visions of Wilderness. Graphic Arts Center Publishing. ISBN 0-912856-62-9.
  • Jones, Dewitt; Edited by Eleanor Huggins (1978). What The Road Passes By. Graphic Arts Center Publishing. ISBN 0-912856-47-5.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  • Jones, Dewitt; Poems by Robert Frost; Text by David Bradley (1979). Robert Frost - A Tribute To The Source. Henry Holt & Company. ISBN 0-03-046326-2.
  • Jones, Dewitt; Stephen Trimble (1986). Canyon Country. Graphic Arts Center Publishing. ISBN 0-932575-07-2.
  • Jones, Dewitt; Tom H. Watkins (1991). John Muir's America. Graphic Arts Center Publishing. ISBN 0-912856-64-5.
  • Jones, Dewitt; A. Roger Merril; Stephen R Covey (1998). The Nature of Leadership. [Franklin Covey Company]. ISBN 1-883219-90-6.


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