Medford Taylor


Photographer Guide

In a career spanning nearly five decades, Medford Taylor has covered a diversity of events, places and people ranging from the civil rights movement to Australia’s outback to Mexico’s Monarch butterfly migration. Medford Taylor has photographed cultures, the land, and wildlife worldwide. Whether he is photographing watermen on the Chesapeake Bay or bugs in his backyard, Taylor brings a genuine sense of story to his images.

He is currently Adjunct Instructor of Visual Arts: Studio Art/Photography at Sweet Briar College in Amherst, Virginia. He continues to update his fine art photography portfolio, which is comprised of both archival and current works. His current photo book projects include Mexico’s Michoacan state and the Monarch butterfly sanctuaries there, an essay on the Piney River and the natural world of the 3,000 acre campus of Sweet Briar College.

Born in North Carolina and a graduate of High Point University, Medford discovered his passion for photography after serving five years as a naval officer and Vietnam veteran. After attending the University of Missouri Photojournalism Workshop, Taylor dedicated himself to the photographer’s life. Following a brief stint in their graduate program, he headed straight into a lifetime career, starting out in newspapers as a staff photographer for the Houston Chronicle and then the Virginian Pilot in Norfolk. Taylor soon moved on to a freelance life, completing numerous assignments for National Geographic Magazine, NG Traveler, Time Magazine, Newsweek, GEO, Air&Space Magazine, Turner Broadcasting and many other organizations and publications. His work appears worldwide in periodicals, books and on the web.

Medford Taylor’s book Saltwater Cowboys: A Photographic Essay of Chincoteague Island was published in 2002