Ann Mitchell was born in New York City and raised in California. With a BFA in Photography from Art Center College of Design, she worked as an award-winning advertising and editorial photographer for over a decade. She then left commercial photography to pursue her own imagery, concentrating on urban landscapes and structures. In 1997 she completed her MFA from Claremont Graduate University and is currently Associate Professor of Art and Photography Program Coordinator at Long Beach City College, where she has also served as Department Head.
Her photographs have been included in a large number of solo and group exhibitions in the western United States. She has also served as curator for several exhibitions and is active as an organizer of photo-related events. Her work has been reproduced in a number of publications, including LensWork, View Camera, Los Angeles, Better Homes and Gardens, Victoria and Home Magazines. In Fall 2007 Balcony Press released Austin Val Verde: Impressions of a Montecito Masterpiece, a monograph of the Val Verde project. Ann Mitchell continues to teach and pursue her photographic interests in structures and how we interact with our environments.