About the artist

Houck Medford was born into a rich world of story telling traditions.  His experiences with his father and grandfather who were bear-hunting and fish-catching storytellers instilled the values of good timing, imagery, and the power of a well-crafted story.

Taking pictures, learning the craft, and eventually embracing photography as the art form has become an extension of his compassion for others and enthusiasm for life.

His photography mentor was  Mr. Hugh Morton (1921 – 2006), owner and developer of Grandfather Mountain, now a World Heritage Site.  On Houck’s pilgrimage  to ask  Mr. Morton’ s blessing to create the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, Mr. Morton asked, “Do you have a good camera? Do you know how to take great photographs?  Do you know how to tell a story?

Houck Medford is a native of Waynesville, NC and a third generation dentist. He attended Wake Forest University, received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Emory University, completed his hospital residency at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte and was the first faculty member of the Department of Dentistry at the Wake Forest University Medical Center. He was distinguished professionally as a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology and developed a national teaching program in implant dentistry. He maintained a private practice and retired from dentistry in 1996.

In 1997, he created the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation and left the organization in 2010 as CEO Emeritus and Founder.

His passion as a documentary photographer and film maker, and with his wife “K.B.”,  celebrate the uncelebrated   They personally invest in individuals who they think will make a difference in their lifetime; and who might otherwise not have the resources or opportunities to fully develop their personal potential and unique abilities.

Artist statement

I am a Southern documentary film maker and photographer, a certificate program graduate of Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies, and resident of North Carolina.

My heart is committed to that individual who deserves celebration for their contribution of unique personal talents and assets during their lifetime.  I build community with my still photography and motion documentaries by showing how we are connected by remembrance and sharing.  My documentation style is built around single poignant images threaded together by sound, narrative voice, and film.  Each photograph is created to stand on it’s on to tell a story.

My images are distilled for presentation across the platforms of physical gallery, website exhibition,  book publication, and HD multimedia.

I am always seeking new projects and am open to learning of subjects that are suited to my mission.