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About Joseph Classen

Let me take this opportunity to introduce myself to you. My name is Joseph Classen

and I’m originally from St. Charles, Missouri. Located along the Missouri river, and nearby

the mighty Mississippi, this historic town was founded in 1769 by Louis Blanchette and

was known as a launching pad for early explorers, traders, and immigrants who were

heading west. St. Charles was a thriving trading community back in the day, and is the

site of the famous Lewis and Clark Rendezvous. It was also the familiar stomping

grounds of individuals such as Saint Philippine Duchesne and Daniel Boone. It was

along those muddy rivers, immersed in that adventurous, pioneer spirit that my undying

love of the outdoors was born! Over the years, I’ve spent countless hours in some of

the wildest, most remote and unforgiving areas of the lower 48 states, Canada, and

Alaska, where I now call home. My wife and I live on beautiful, remote, Kodiak Island.

Originally trained as a minister, I have a master degree level of education, yet remain a

down-to-earth guy, who more than anything else, thoroughly enjoys sharing the

inspirational wonder of God’s creation, as well as the spirit of adventure that has forever

possessed my soul. I’ve connected with audiences throughout the world by means of

my numerous books on topics including outdoor skills, nature/wildlife photography, and

Christian spirituality. I was the host of a nationally syndicated outdoors-themed radio

show for several years, am currently involved in a variety of media work, and I’m a member 

of the Professional Outdoor Media Association. My photography and writing has won

awards, it has been published in a wide variety of magazines and periodicals, it has been

featured by prestigious conservation organizations, documentary film makers, the US

Postal Service, travel bureaus from all over the nation, and it continues to gain worldwide

exposure. Here are a just few examples of where my writing and photography/videography

work have appeared…


“Joe Classen is truly an outstanding wildlife and scenic photographer with the wilderness in his soul!”

Bob Swerer

Producer of "ALONE IN THE WILDERNESS" PBS documentary

“Joe Classen is a well-recognized expert in wildlife photography, outdoor living, and philosophy. He has

learned how to achieve that elusive balance of capturing the essence of the animals and their habitats in

an honest, respectful and entrancing way.”

Larry Van Daele, Ph.D
Division of Wildlife Conservation (retired)
Alaska Department of Fish and Game

“As an editor, I've bought articles from Joe Classen. As a reader, I devour his perspective. He is an artist

tiptoeing out on a limb in the wilderness. In his work, he beckons us to follow. He is a pathfinder and they

are rare.”

Frank Miniter
New York Times' bestselling author

“Classen's incredible photos of spectacular scenery and up-close-and-personal wildlife portraits,

together with his thought-provoking prose, stir one's soul in a manner unlike that of any other outdoor

writer working today.”

Kathy Etling
Outdoor writer and author

“Joe’s eye for beautiful creatures, captured in their natural habitat, leave one with a deep, soulful longing

to walk briefly in their paws and experience their lives in the wild.”

Marc Taylor
Author of the “Hunting Hard…In Alaska!” series of books

“Joseph Classen’s pictures capture the light and the action that make his wildlife and nature photography

so compelling and exciting.” 

Scott Kaeser
Editor, Tide-mark Press 

“Joe Classen is among the best at photographing my favorite place on earth, Kodiak Island.  His intimate

knowledge of the island and its wildlife has allowed him to capture Kodiak’s beauty unlike any others.”


Gordon L. Pullar, Jr.
Director of Business Operations
Koniag, Inc.

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