Jan Gauthier (b. 1958) is a native of California and a graduate of San Francisco State University. She has lived and worked in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1980 and has been photographing the California landscape since that time. Her warm toned black & white images include isolated studies of nature and flora, and scenes of wetlands and waterways in and around her immediate environment.
Gauthier was the first female to graduate from the photojournalism department at San Francisco State University. Additionally, she was the first female recipient of the Greg Robinson Scholarship for photography; awarded in honor of the photojournalist who died while covering the Jim Jones story in Guyana.
In 1984, she co-founded MGI Studio with her husband, artist John McCormick. The Studio provided pre-production services, set design and scenic backdrops for film, video, television, and still photography. Clients included: Lucas Films, MTV, Time/Warner, Walt Disney Productions, KQED, KTVU, Bill Graham Presents, Nash Bridges Productions, San Francisco Giants, San Francisco 49ers, Golden State Warriors, Microsoft, Sun Micorsystems, Hewlett-Packard, Apple Computer, Sports Illustrated, and others.
She has photographed musicians, writers, artists, and political leaders. Her portrait photography includes: Van Morrison, Jerry Garcia, Theodore Rozack, and former San Francisco Mayor and now Senator Diane Feinstein.
Gauthier shares a studio with her husband, artist John McCormick, and they live with their two sons in Corte Madera, CA