Medford Taylor is a time-honored and prolific photojournalist and natural history photographer, recognized for his versatility in the field. In a career spanning over three decades, he 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 recent projects include Mexico's Michoacan state and the Monarch butterfly sanctuaries there. Photographing the Piney River and the 3,250 acre campus of Sweet Briar College are current works-in-progress.

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 photorapher 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.


IN Motion, Babcock Fine Arts Center Gallery, Sweet Briar College, 2018

Reflections On The Piney River and Magic Of Koi Ponds , Rivermont Studio, Lynchburg, Virginia 2015

Silent Journey, Babcock Fine Arts Center Gallery, Sweet Briar College, Amherst, Virginia 2009

Dog Fence, Visa pour L'Image, Perpignon, France 1997

Group Shows

  • The 2012 Harnett Biennial
  • University of Richmond Museums
  • Richmond, Virginia 2012
  • Biennial 2012, Peninsula Fine Arts Center
  • Newport News, Virginia 2012
  • artspace international juried printmaking & photography
  • exhibition, Richmond Virginia 2012

Capital One Art Collection 2012

Click Group Photography Exhibit, Glave Kocen Gallery, Richmond, Virginia 2010 / 2012

Captivar La Luz: A Latino Experience Blue Star LAB Gallery, San Antonio, Texas 2010


Awarded a resident fellowship at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, Virginia 2009