Earl's Bio

Earl Nottingham - Photographer of Texas

For over 35 years, Earl Nottingham has been telling the story of Texas and much of the American Southwest through his photography and is considered one of Texas' preeminent photographers. As an accredited Master Photographer, his work has been featured in numerous regional and national publications such as National Geographic Traveler, Smithsonian Guide to America, Texas Monthly, Texas Highways and Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine; as well as gracing the walls of homes and corporations. With an entire state as his studio, he travels to every corner to document its landscape, people and historical treasures. Earl shares his love of photography and its constantly changing technology by teaching workshops to individuals and groups as well as writing about photographic topics.

Trained in traditional film and darkroom methods, Earl still enjoys the organic nature and requisite craftsmanship inherent to shooting with medium and large format film cameras. However, he also embraces the current digital technology for the creative possibilities it affords in sharing his vision. 

Earl has recently expanded his resume to include professional sUAS (drone) photography and cinematography.As a licensed aircraftpilot for many years, he feels that the current drone technology provides a new perspective for viewing and photographing the landscape.

Born in Marlin, Texas, Earl has lived in Temple, Texas for most of his life. After high school, he attended the Art Institute of Atlanta, worked for the local newspaper and subsequently earned his bachelors degree in Photography from East Texas State University in 1978 where he was honored at the top student cinematography film editor in the country by American Cinema Editors (ACE Eddie Award). After owning a successful freelance business for several years, he took over as chief photographer for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in 1996, where he currently serves.

Earl Nottingham


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