Having studied art with an emphasis in painting, Jerry Takigawa began studying photography with Don Worth in the late 1960s and in 1969 made the transition from painting to working with photography exclusively. In the 1970s, he moved from the San Francisco Bay area to the Monterey Peninsula and began exploring with color photography. By 1977, his photography made a break from the traditional approaches and he began developing new visual solutions in both approach and concept to coincide with his changing views and perceptions. In 1982 he became the first photographer to create a color portfolio recognized by the Imogen Cunningham Award. The 90s gave way to a return to black-and-white and an expansion into digital printing techniques. He has published extensively and instructed at numerous workshops.