Betty Sederquist wasn’t always interested in photography. Growing up in the Gold Rush town of Coloma, she took years of art classes before traveling the world in her early twenties and getting a few lucky snapshots with a point-and-shoot. Soon, she armed herself with a Nikon camera and moved from California to Alaska. She honed her photography skills working for various photographers in Anchorage and found herself writing about and photographing the “Great Land” for various publications. She published several books and became associate editor of Alaska magazine before moving in 1979 to Sacramento, where she became managing editor and then editor of the city magazine, Sacramento.
Moving to El Dorado County in 1985, she began teaching photography and writing at Folsom Lake College (then part of American River College/Cosumnes River College) in 1989. She continued teaching there off and on until 2011. Since 1999 she has taught local photography workshops and led photography tours worldwide, including three trips to the Galapagos, Amazon, and Tanzania, and more than twenty trips to Alaska. In recent years she has led small groups of photographers to Iceland, Bhutan, and Ireland. Since 2003 she has also led photo groups to the ghost town of Bodie in the eastern Sierras. She has been interested in cell phone photography’s amazing possibilities since 2010 and has taught many small workshops on the subject.
Recent books include Images of America: Coloma (Arcadia Publishing, 2012) and A Handbook for Global Careers (eBook, Center for International Trade and Development, Sacramento, 2014).
Betty’s website is www.sederquist.com.