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John Pezzenti, Jr.
Born 12 June 1952(1952-06-12)
Newington, Connecticut, United States
Died 3 December 2007 (aged 55)
Anchorage, Alaska, United States
Nationality  United States
Field Wildlife photography
Patrons Ronald Reagan[1]

John Pezzenti, Jr. (12 June 1952 - 3 December 2007) was an American wildlife photographer born in Newington, Connecticut,[1][2] but who spent much of his life taking pictures of wildlife in the Alaska wilderness.

He moved to Alaska in 1976, working on the Alaskan pipeline and owning and running a lodge at Kenai Lake during the 1970s.[2] Pezzenti then began working as an independent wildlife photographer and published three photography books during his life. Some of his photos hung in the Oval Office during the presidency of Ronald Reagan.[1] He had his photos published in many different magazines, including National Geographic, Alaska Magazine, Reader's Digest, and Natural History.[2] He also spoke at events at the World Trade Center and the Smithsonian Institution.[2]

He was found by police shot to death at his home in Anchorage, Alaska on 3 December 2007. Police have not yet determined a clear motive or found a solid suspect.[1] The story of his murder has been aired as a featured segment on the weekly television series America's Most Wanted twice (as well as once on an AMW radio segment).[1]


Pezzenti published three books of his photography.[2]

Alaska: A Photographic Journey Through the Last Wilderness
ISBN 978-0670870943, 1 November 2007, Studio Publishing
The American Eagle
ISBN 978-0670884483, 1 September 1999, Studio Publishing
Shooting Bears: The Adventures of an Wildlife Photographer
ISBN 978-0789310422, 20 September 2003, Rizzoli International Publications




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