Douglas Christian was born in Germany and grew up in suburbs of Boston. His parents, John and Lynda Christian, were professors at two universities in Cambridge. His mother was active in the women’s rights movement in the 1960s and early 70s and was New England Vice President of the ACLU, New England Vice President of the National Organization for Women (NOW), and the founding president of the NARAL’s Massachusetts branch, Massachusetts Organization to Repeal Abortion Laws. It was not uncommon on weekend nights to see the smoke filled living room packed with politically active local professors and lawyers such as Alan Dershowitz, stumping for civil rights and birth control. His father, a civil engineer, is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Whereas his parents were notable in their intellectual and political pursuits, his grandfather was the locus of most of his attention. Arthur T. Gregorian was a notable Oriental Rug dealer and importer in Newton Lower Falls, MA, and with him, Douglas traveled the world buying rugs in places as diverse as Iran and India. Later, Douglas made the photographs for a book on Armenian Oriental Rugs and produced a comprehensive book on Oriental Rugs published by Rizzoli and co-authored by his uncle entitled, Oriental Rugs of the Silk Route.
Douglas attended the Park School in Brookline and Putney School in Vermont, a tiny progressive school with an array of artistic alums such asSally Mann, J. Anthony Lukas, and Errol Morris. Putney is a dynamic breeding ground for creative talent.
On his travels to the Middle East and later at Putney, he became enthralled with photography and rebuilt a 4x5 camera. During college, he attended the Ansel Adams Workshop at Yosemite, where he determined to pursue photography. He transferred to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and received a BFA in photography.
He ran a photographic studio for three decades. He has worked for scores of advertising agencies, design firms, new organizations and magazines. In the course of his career, he has photographed manynotable people, such as William F. Buckley, Jr., George McGovern, Cesar Chavez, Robert Wilson, George Will, John Chancellor, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
In addition, he ran a bookstore and has recruited scientists for pharmaceutical companies. His LinkedIn account is www.linkedin.com/in/proanalysis/ His Twitter account: @xiwix.
In 2016, Douglas covered the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. His photography URL is www.photographystudio.com.
Douglas has contributed articles and editorials since 2013 to the Baltimore Post Examiner.
He resides in Washington, DCwith his wife, Ayda Pourasad, a broadcast media librarian.