Jan Anderson-Paxson began her photography career as the first woman
television newsphotographer in the state of Kansas working for the NBC
affiliate station, in Wichita.
She later turned to still photography and freelanced and worked for
newspapers in East Texas.
She began teaching in 1992 at Angelina College, Lufkin, Texas, where she is
While working most of her career in newsphotography, she has more recently
turned to fine art photography. However, her journalistic instincts are never
She says this about her work:
I want to look past what is in front of me and see what exists beyond to
provide the viewer with more than just surface information. It might be a
glimpse of the past or a glimpse of culture. Then sometimes the images are less
specific in their identification of place and instead serve as abstracted and
fragmented flashes of memory where the subject matter becomes secondary
to the formal elements such as light, line, shape and form.