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John W. Snell Photograpy

Snell, John W. — John W. Snell Photograpy

Lexington, KY



A graduate of Transylvania University, John Snell worked as director of Transylvania’s Computing Center from 1982-2000. He became involved with photography, when in 1980 he traded a friend $100 and two pickup truckloads of firewood for an old Minolta camera and two lenses.


Each year John spends numerous hours lugging heavy camera equipment throughout Kentucky to capture beauty. His favorite location is the Red River Gorge of Eastern Kentucky where he follows trails and climbs into overhangs and cliff-lines to find and express the beauty of nature.


Until early 2004 John’s prints were made from slides scanned into a computer. Now he uses only digital cameras to continue his tradition of rich, colorful prints of landscape, nature, and equine subjects.


In 2006, John’s first book, Red River Gorge was published and in 2008 Through the Eyes of Lincoln, which contained nearly 100 of his photos.


John’s photographs can be found at the Promenade Gallery, Berea, KY; Court Street Gifts, Winchester, KY; Natural Bridge Trading Company, Slade, KY; Fusion Gallery, Bellevue, KY; Blue Licks State Park and Natural Bridge State Park; Damselfly Gallery, Midway, KY; and the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.