Photographer-writer Douglas Keister, has authored and co-authored forty critically acclaimed books. He also writes and illustrates magazine articles and contributes photographs and essays to dozens of magazines, newspapers, books, calendars, posters and greeting cards worldwide. His twenty-five books on architecture include five books on Victorian homes twelve books on bungalow homes, a book on 1920's whimsical homes (Storybook Style) a book about cemetery art and architecture (Going Out in Style), a book on Spanish architecture, (Red Tile Style), four books on cottages and a book on Courtyards. Keister photographed and wrote two children's books has two monographs of his personal work (Black Rock and Driftwood Whimsy), and four books on classic recreational vehicles.
His wealth of books on architecture has earned him the title, "America's most noted photographer of historic architecture".
His book on cemetery symbolism, Stories in the Stone: A Field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism and Iconography, has garnered a number of glowing reviews.
A book featuring his collection of glass negatives. Lincoln in Black and White 1910-1925 led to part of his collection being acquired by the Smithsonian.
His thirty-eighth book, Forever LA which features cemeteries in the Los Angeles Area was published in May 2010. His thirty-ninth book, Stories in Stone New York: A Field Guide to New York City Cemeteries and Their Residents was released in October 2011 by Gibbs Smith Publisher.
He has also written two novels, Desiree (2010) and Autumn in Summer (2012). His latest cemetery book is Stories in Stone Paris which is slated for publication in September 2013.
Heart-Land is his 41st book.
In October 2010 his cemetery books and photography were featured in a segment of CBS Sunday Morning. Correspondent Rita Braver called him "America's Chief Tombstone Tourist". SUNSET magazine said, "Keister has done for cemetery exploration what Audubon did for birding."