Al Satterwhite began working as a photographer for a major Florida daily while he was a student, covering major news stories in the southeastern United States.
After a year as the Florida Governor’s personal photographer, he began a career as a freelance photographer. Over the next 10 years he worked for nearly every major magazine, Car & Driver, Fortune, Geo, Life, Look, Money, Newsweek, People, Playboy, Sports Illustrated, Time, Travel & Leisure, to name a few.
In 1980 he moved to New York to start his own production company and focus on advertising. For the next 15 years, his work in advertising was recognized for his saturated color images and his keen sense of design & composition. Wealthy clients such as American Express, Coca Cola, Eastman Kodak, Nikon, Porsche, Polaroid, Saab, Sony, Tuborg, Universal Studios and many more.
He was a consultant at Kodak for several years and has taught at Boston University, Brooks Institute of Photography, Hallmark Institute of Photography, ASMP, NYU/Tisch School of the Arts, PhotoExpos in Los Angeles and New York.
His photographs are part of the permanent collections of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, the Houston Fine Art Museum, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the National Museum of African American History and Culture and many private collections.
In recent years, he has focused his attention on filmmaking. He has regularly won awards as a director for his commercials, feature films and short films.
He is currently working on several book and museum exhibition projects.
Al Satterwhite lives in New York with his wife and his two cats.