John Jude Sullivan was born in New York City in 1958. His love of photography began at the age of 19 while taking a foundations of black and white photography class. His formal education in color and black & white theory, photographic technique, composition, and photojournalism included coursework at Long Island University in New York, the University of California Los Angeles, and the Otis-Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles.
Sullivan's professional experience is wide-ranging, from the large-format commercial advertising studios of Manhattan, to being a staff photographer for the well-known Dan's Papers of Bridgehampton, New York, to years as a Los Angeles based photographer for the legendary Paris-New York agency Sipa Press. While shooting assignments for Sipa, Sullivan's photographs appeared in numerous news publications, highlighted by being published in TIME magazine in September of 1985.
Sullivan's primary passion has always been using photography as a medium for creating art. While attending Long Island University, he participated in his first group show resulting in more than twenty sales of images of Long Islands famous east end. While attending the prestigious Otis-Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles, two of Sullivan's images were selected for the annual Otis-Parsons Juried Exhibition resulting in the first sale of one of his black and white images.
Today, John Jude Sullivan continues to take photographs and teach. He lives in Southern California with his wife and his son.