Bruce Crippen

Bruce Crippen, Professional Photographer

I am photographer specializing in photojournalism. I have worked at three Ohio newspapers in over nearly 40 years and I am currently freelancing and teaching in Cincinnati. I took an interest in photography while being a broadcasting student at Ohio State University.

A required photography class changed the course of my studies and ultimately became a career for me. The Fostoria Review-Times and the Fremont News-Messenger, both in Northern Ohio, provided the experience I needed to land a position at a metropolitan daily, The Cincinnati Post. I stayed there as a staff photographer, picture editor and director of photography until it closed at the end of 2007.

Clients of of mine include: USA Today, Thomas More College, The Cincinnati Business Courier, Queen City Metro, The American Federation of Teachers, Stepping Stones, Tata Consultancy Services, and others.

I taught studio and location lighting at the University of Cincinnati last fall. I have also taught photojournalism at UC and NKU, and several photography courses at Antonelli College. This is the fifth time I have presented the photography portion of the program at Northern Kentucky University’s high school journalism workshop. I look forward to seeing everyone and what they can bring to the table.


Favorite social media: Probably Facebook. I don’t do much in the way of social media. When I have down time I do a little catching up on FB, but I don’t post all that often.

Interesting fact: I’ve been a motorcycle rider for 48 years. I’ve also photographed every U. S. president since Richard Nixon, though not Barack Obama, simply because I had the presidential assignments when working for the newspaper. Obama wasn’t in office until after the Post closed. I was also in the Reds dugout when Pete Rose hit his 4192nd hit to break Ty Cobb’s hit record. I’ve shot the Super Bowl in Miami, Florida when the Bengals lost in the last few seconds of the game to the San Francisco 49er’s. I also shot the Final Four when the University of Cincinnati played and lost in Minneapolis.

My bucket list: I’ve done a lot and been a lot of places. But, with my interest in motorcycles, the one thing that is on my bucket list is that I’d love to go to England and take the ferry to see the Isle of Man Grand Prix. It is broadcast on satellite television every year. I tape all the race categories and watch them and never get bored.