Collections of Work

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Photographic Museum of Art, Melbourne, Australia

Max Fantuse Collection

Ansel Adams Archives

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

L. Michael Brown Collection

Oriental Photo Products, Tokyo

Helmut Gernshiem Collection

University of Alaska Museum, Fairbanks

J. Armin Rust Collection

Polaroid Corporation

Center For Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ

Kathryn Long Collection


Selected Exhibitions



Cypress College Photography Gallery – Cypress, CA


Barker Fields Gallery – Fullerton, CA


California Invitational Photography Exhibition – Cypress, CA

Carver Gallery – Lincoln, NB


Al Belson Gallery - Newport Beach, CA


Oriental Photo Products - Tokyo

Monterey Peninsula Art Museum – Monterey, CA


Carmel Camera Art Gallery – Carmel, CA


The Print Gallery – Carmel, CA


The Schuster Gallery – Erie, PA

McClelland Art Center – Longview, WA

The Print Gallery – Carmel, CA


Bedyk Gallery - Kansas City, MO

Third Street Space - Salt Lake City, Utah


Cypress College Fine Arts Gallery - Cypress, CA

L'espace Photographique Contretype - Brussels, Belgium

Josephus Daniels Gallery – Carmel, CA

The Blixt Gallery - Ann Arbor, MI


Baker Gallery - Kansas City, KS


The Photography Gallery - La Jolla, CA

Josephus Daniels Gallery – Carmel, CA


"Landscapes and Mindscapes" European Tour

Studio Center Gallery – Houston, TX


White's Gallery – Pasadena, CA


Grossmont College Art Gallery - El Cajon, CA


Society for Contemporary Photography - Kansas City, MO


S-B Gallery – Chico, CA


Artist's Gallery – Vancouver, Canada


J. Armin Rust Gallery – Houston, TX


Texas Center for Photography – Tomball, TX


Texas Center for Photography – Tomball, TX


Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art – Monterey, CA

Visions North Gallery - San Francisco, CA


"Platinum Images" Irvine Fine Arts Center - Irvine, CA

"Digital Visions" Santa Ana College Fine Arts Gallery - Santa Ana, CA

"Two Friends" Texas Center for Photography - Houston, TX


"Recent Works in Platinum" Orange Coast College – Costa Mesa, CA

"A Very Necessary Thing" Gallery "C" - California State University, Long Beach


"Recent Works" Butler Gallery - New Jersey

Woods stopped exhibiting his work publicly in 2000.

Limited Edition Portfolios

Portfolio I "Death Valley" issued 1979

Quartet I "Stone" issued 1980

Quartet II "Dunes" issued 1980

Quartet III "Grasses" issued 1980

Selected Publications and Reviews

"La Palma Photographer Meets Ansel Adams" Buena Park News Independent, March 28, 1973. p. A-4

Photo Technology. M. Lacour and I. T. Lathrop, 3rd Ed. American Technical Society 1977. pp. 224, 225, 257.

"John Woods--Portfolio" Monterey Life. April, 1980 pp. 64-67

"Dedicated Artist". Longview Daily News. Sept. 11, 1981 pp. C1-2

"Contrast Makes Blixt Gallery Display A Show Of Great Interest" Ann Arbor News. June 20, 1982. p. C3

"Photo: Woods Apres Weston". La Libre Belgique . Oct. 8, 1982

"Grasses and dune, Oregon 1982" (reproduction) ZYZZYVA . 1985, Vol. 1, #4, p. 110.

Los Angeles Times. Oct. 2, 1987 p. 22B

"Picture This" Chico Enterprise Record. Aug. 28, 1989 p. B1

"Woods: last of alumni exhibitions." The Chronicle. Cypress, CA. May 13, 1992. p. 3

Articles authored by Woods

"Focus Shifts For Extended Depth of Field" Flash. Vol. 12., No. 2 (Spring 1996) pp. 25 - 28

"Typecasting the Vertical Caver" Nylon Highway #53, December 2008. National Speleological Society Press

"Comparisons of the Frog and the Mitchell ascending systems for crossing common mid-rope obstacles" Nylon Highway #53, December 2008. National Speleological Society Press

"Converting the Mitchell Sysytem to a Frog System" Nylon Highway #53, December 2008. National Speleological Society Press

"Setting Up a Frog Rope Ascending System" 2010. Cavetech, an online reference for vertical caving techniques

"Setting Up A Mitchell Rope Ascending System" 2010. Cavetech, an online reference for vertical caving techniques

"Typecasting the Vertical Caver Part 2" 2011. Cavetech, an online reference for vertical caving techniques


The Zone System Craftbook. Brown & Benchmark Pubs. 1993 (Dist. By McGraw-Hill Pubs.)

Edward and Brett Weston: Dune. (co-author) Wild Horse Island Press. August 2003

On Three! An Introduction To Digital Photography For Cavers. Interactive CD-ROM. JCW Productions. 2004

Visions Underground: Carlsbad Caverns through the Artist’s Eye. Essay - "Ansel Adams, Cave Photographer" Lois Manno Ed. Rio Grande Press. 2009

A Restless Eye -- A Biography of Photographer Brett Weston. Erica Weston Editions Pubs. 2011


Biographical data


4/15/52 Inglewood, CA


MA - Art, California State University Long Beach 1998

BA – Photography. California State University, Long Beach 1978

AA – Photography. Journalism minor, Cypress College, Cypress, Calif. 1975

Listed in Who's Who in American Jr. Colleges (1973)

Graduate--John F. Kennedy H. S. La Palma, CA 1970.

Scholastic Award for Photography (1970)

Instructional Experience

Photographic Instructor: Mount San Antonio College. Walnut, CA 1996

Independent photographic workshop instructor 1974 - present.

Workshop instructor: California State University, Long Beach

Workshop instructor: University of Alaska, Fairbanks and Anchorage

Workshop instructor: East Los Angeles College

Workshop instructor: Cypress College, Cypress Calif.

Instructor and Gallery coordinator: Newport School of Photography, Newport Beach, Calif. Specialization in sensitometry, high contrast graphics, natural scene photography, view camera techniques. (1976 – 1977)

Technical Consultant for Oriental Photo Products (1976 – 1994)

Freelance photographer 1968-present


Specialized Experience

Member: National Speleological Society -- A cave conservation and research organization (1966 – present).

National Speleological Society vertical section instructor (1972 - present)

Member: Cave Research Foundation -- Cartography and exploration (1980 – present).

Instructor: Mountain and Cave Rescue Techniques.

Safety chair: Southern California Chapter, National Speleological Society (1970)

Member: California Cave and Mine rescue team (1968 -1971).

Co-Chair: Western Region Safety and Techniques Committee, National Speleological Society 1999.

National Speleological Society Vertical Section Board member, 2006 - 2008

National Speleological Society, Southern California Grotto chair: 2003, 2007

National Park Service Trustee: Soldier's Cave, California.

National Forest Service Trustee: Hell Below Cave, New Mexico. Pink Panther Cave, New Mexico.


Conservation Projects

Death Valley Pupfish Preservation Project

Mineral King Conservation Plan (with Sierra Club)

Speleothem Sales Prevention Task Force

California cave gating project

Crystal Sequoia Cave Restoration Project. National Park Service.



"Cave of the Winding Stair" - Film Editor (1968)

"Dante’s Descent" – Film crew technician (1971)

"Flora and the Laughing River" - Lighting director/consultant (2000)

"Lilburn Speleocamp - 1971" - Film editor (2002)



"Code Three" Television production. Technical Consultant, 1992 (one episode).

"The Speluncean Explorers" Feature film script consultant, 2004.

"The Cavern" Feature film. Dead Crow Productions, 2005. Technical consultant, costume consultant, script consultant.

"Caverns of the Mojave - An Expedition With Real Cavers" Dead Crow Productions. Technical consultant, on-screen appearance as self, 2006.

"No Experience Necessary" A Discovery Channel production. Technical consultant, 2007.

Caverns Art Project. Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Art consultant 2007.

Location Consultant - cave related: Evergreen Films, Pacific Palisades, CA May 2009.