Jak Tanenbaum received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and Design from the University of North Carolina and an Master of Fine Arts in Photography from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He has been an active exhibiting artist and educator for over 30 years. Jak began his teaching career in 1982 the at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco where he was the Assistant Director of the Photography program, Facilities Manager and Instructor of Photography. By 1990 Jak was teaching at UC Berkeley Extension in San Francisco and at the College of the Redwoods on the California Mendocino coast. In the 1990s Jak relocated to Portland, Oregon and started Photography Associates, a portrait photography studio specializing in providing creative portraiture and event photography. In the late 1990s Jak began teaching at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington, from which he recently retired.
Jak is primarily a large format film shooter and is currently involved in several creative photographic projects. He is a master darkroom printer and he celebrates the magical dance of light, photo sensitive materials and chemistry.
Jak lives, works and plays in Portland, Oregon.