Christina standing in front of wall art of giant bottle submerged in water.

Christina Jackson, Manager of Photographic Services

Christina standing in front of ornate white mansion and a lake.

Photos courtesy of Christina Jackson.

People on boat on the water at sunset.
Close up of teal flowers.

What is your role at the museum?

Manager of Photographic Services. I manage the department, and work with two other photographers that provide photographic services for every department in the museum. We are responsible for photographing the artwork, events, exhibitions, staff portraits, Learning & Engagement programs, Shop advertisements, and provide images for image rights requests and publications.

How long have you worked here?

16 years.

How did you get started in photography?

I have always been intrigued by photography and enjoyed the challenge of trying to capture a scene or experience in a way that evokes the feelings I had at that moment. I could never afford a camera growing up, so I bought myself a point-and-shoot camera in 2001 as a college graduation gift to myself (I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in fine art painting from the University of Maryland at College Park.)

From there, I was never satisfied with the auto setting in the camera and strived to learn how to get the exact photo I wanted through self-taught trial and error. After getting laid off from a dead-end job, I decided I only wanted to make a living doing art, and I was passionate about photography, but needed to learn the camera better.

So, I went back to school and received a bachelor’s degree in photography. During that time I got an internship in the photo services department at the museum, and stuck with it through layoffs during the recession, being rehired as a contractor, then working my way back to full time until I eventually became manager.

Do you photograph outside of working at the museum as well?

Yes, primarily when I travel. I sometimes dabble in alternative processes when I have time to get creative.

Do you express yourself with any other art forms?

Not as much as before. I sometimes paint with alcohol inks and draw.

If you take photographs outside of working at the museum, how do you get your vision across to those who view your work?

Whenever I travel, I am always amazed at the beauty in the world, so I try to capture that feeling of being there, and hope that the viewer gets that same feeling of awe that I was experiencing.

What is an artwork at the museum this summer that you think visitors should make a point of seeing?

We have the Modern Women/Modern Vision exhibit filled with iconic and amazing photography from women artists. Everything in that exhibition is not to be missed. I have always been a fan of Sandy Skoglund and it is always great to see her work in person. Her photo Revenge of the Goldfish is currently on view in Modern Women/Modern Vision.

What advice do you have for photographers just starting out?

Learn as much as you can and keep practicing. I am constantly learning new techniques and tricks, and feel like photos keep improving because of that. Look to others for inspiration and see if you can figure out how they did it, you just might learn something new.

Do you have any recommendations for people who want to get involved in their local artistic community?

Research who and what is around that interests you and don’t be afraid to reach out. The artist community is usually very welcoming and happy to collaborate, learn, and share with each other.

What do you like doing in your free time?

In addition to playing with alternative photographic processes, I enjoy reading sci-fi, fantasy books, playing video games, and playing with my cats.

Where can people find your work?

Sadly I don’t have a personal website anymore, but people can find my work in the Denver Art Museum website and in-house publications such as: Collection Highlights, From the Fire: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Robert and Lisa Kessler Collection, Traitor, Survivor, Icon: The Legacy of La Malinche and any other publication the museum produces.