Kerry Skarbakka is an American artist and an Assistant Professor of Photography at Oregon State University. He is most known for his photographed images of himself apparently falling. One of his well-known images shows him apparently about to fall from the Vance Creek Bridge in Washington State timber country.
Kerry Skarbakka was born in Duluth, Minnesota. His family embraced Christian fundamentalism when Skarbakka was a young boy. They moved to a farming community in Tennessee. At age 7, Skarbakka found that he could speak in tongues. The Chicago Reader states that he “witnessed faith healings at tent revivals and in storefronts and basements. People he knew told of encounters with the devil.” This early experience informed his career as an artist.