John Batdorff is an award-winning landscape and travel photographer
and a nationally recognized authority on black and white photography.
Splitting his time between Chicago and Montana, John enjoys the solitude
of the countryside as well as the bustling city, finding subjects to
photograph in both places. He also loves to see the world, having
traveled to Africa, India and Europe, as well as 49 out of 50 United
He especially loves black and white
photography because of the strong compositions, textures, and timeless
feel. Growing up in the newspaper industry, he “learned to visualize
things in black and white,” and he has used that ability to create his
own monochromatic style including high-contrast, highly-textured images.
work has been featured in the National Museum of Wildlife Art in
Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the Travel Photographer and Digital Photo
John loves the outdoors and
traveling, and sharing images with others. His most important message is
to “just have fun.” “If you don’t enjoy what you’re doing, what’s the
point?” He leads workshops and mentors other aspiring photographers.
“Finding a mentor is a powerful way to get real feedback from someone
who can objectively assess your work. There is simply nothing better for
improving your photography and developing a style.”