This timeline provides an overview of John Running’s life and photographic career. It shows his major editorial and commercial projects, as well as his books, articles, magazine covers and photographic exhibits.
Born in Buffalo, New York.
Travels across the country with Boy Scouts; visits the Southwest for the first time.
Graduates from high school.
Trades the shotgun his father got him for his twelfth birthday for a camera.
Joins the U.S. Marines. He trains in North Carolina, serves in the Mediteranean, Caribbean, and is stationed in Trinidad.
Honorably discharged from the U.S. Marines; Marries Helen Lau, whom he met in Trinidad.
Moves to Flagstaff and enrolls at Northern Arizona University to study anthropology. Daughter Raechel is born.
Son John Paul is born.
Begins work at the United States Geological Society and serves an apprenticeship under Walt Roeder in the film documentation unit.
Wins local photography contest.
Has a student show and graduates from Northern Arizona University.
Leaves the USGS and begins his freelance career.
Takes his first trip down the Colorado River.
After first returning to Trinidad in 1974, he travels again in 1977 to make photographs for the Children, Families, and the Sea book series. In 1979, Lester is published featuring photographs from his trips to Trinidad. The same year, Running's photographs from Baja illustrate the book Gilberto. These books for children about life near the sea are written by Sarah and Peter Dixon.
Photographs the Big Mountain Navajo re-location resistance. In this work, he formed long-lasting relationships with many of the Navajo he photographed. He returned to them as subjects throughout his career. The experience also led him to photograph other Native Americans in the years that followed.
Together with Sue Bennett, Running travels to Occupied Palestine and Jordan to photograph Palestinians living in the occupied territories and in refugee camps. They return to the Middle East in 1982 to continue that project.
Dancer is published. Written by Suzanne Merry, the book documents Celeste Jabczenski's life as a member of the Joffery II, a preparatory ballet company in New York. Running began photographing Jabczenski when she was a dancer in Arizona and continued the project when she went to New York.
Twice during this year, Running and Bennett travel to the Sierra Madre in Mexico to photograph the Tarahumara. They visit at Easter and Christmas. In 1984, they make a third trip.
Running and Bennett exhibit their photographs of Palestinians at the United Nations Church Center in New York City.
Travels around the United States photographing Native Americans at pow wows and rodeos for the annual Coors Indian Heritage Calendar.
Honor Dance: Native American Photographs published. The book features photographs of Navajo, Hopi, Tarahumara, and Native Americans of the Northern Plains, the Wind River, the Rio Grande.
Begins work on "Sensuality of Strength" series, photographing strong, fit women, and body builders.
Photographs featured in advertisements for U.S. West.
Halo of the Sun is published. Written by Noel Bennett with photographs by Running, the book tells Navajo legends with stories of Noel Bennett's experiences living on the reservation.
Photographs cowboys in the Southwest for Lee Jeans, Japan.
Pictures for Solomon published. The book examines the relationships that Running formed with his subjects and features photographs from Palestine, Trinidad, and Mexico.
Photographs album covers for Canyon Records, a Phoenix, AZ independent record label producing Native American music.
Working with different corporations such as Sterling Commerce and Justin Industries, Running photographs executives and workers for annual reports and other corporate publications. This image comes from Justin Industries' 1997 Annual Report.
Cover, Outside Magazine.
Creates the Milagro series. Running photographs model Bernadette Chavez in sepia.
Photographs featured in advertisements for Nikon. Running had almost exclusively used Nikons since 1967, when he won one in a photography contest.
As homage to Paul Strand, Running travels to Scotland to photograph the people and landscapes of the Outer Hebrides Islands.
Partner Sue Bennett dies in car accident.
Running creates his "Genetic Imprints" series, offering further exploration and celebration of the female form.
Flagstaff Photography Center hosts Running's 40 Year Retrospective.
Receives Flagstaff's Viola Award, Mayor's Award for Lifetime Contributon to the Arts.
Running marries jeweler and rock climber Shelley Claude.
John Running donates his life's work to Northern Arizona University Cline Library Special Collections and Archives. Running's photographs, negatives, born-digital images, journals and other materials will be cared for and made available for researchers in the future.