Jeff Baker was born in Dallas, Texas on August 21, 1952. He found himself in Gary Winogrand’s photography courses at UT Austin in the mid 1970s, listening to and being critiqued by Walker Evans, Lee Friedlander, Larry Fink and John Szarkowski among others, who came to lecture. Honing his craft through 35 years of editorial and advertising assignments, he continually worked on personal projects, including large-format ethnographic studies in South America and Indonesia, landscapes informed by the relationship of man to his surroundings, and still-lifes of industrial-age tools that reference the personalities of their inventors. His later work looks at urban encryption as a means of communication within a neighborhood’s core population and more recently, he has been abstracting those elements to concentrate on color, form and gesture, giving new life to those public communications. Baker lives and works in Taos, New Mexico.