Ken  Boyd
Academy of the Arts

Ken Boyd has been a passionate, enthusiastic, and award-winning photographic artist, researcher and writer since the 1970s.  His photographic work is often described as idealized, painterly and romanticized, and his approach to photography is simple – a clean, orderly and optimistic representation for every image.  

For several decades, his work, techniques and reviews have been extensively published in books, magazines and journals, and his fine prints are exhibited in galleries across the region.  He is the author of several commercially released and widely distributed books, including Historic Watermill of North America (The University of Alabama Press, 2020), Historic North American Locomotives (Kalmbach Media/Trains, 2018) and The Art of the Locomotive (Voyageur Press, 2014).

Ken currently teaches photography courses at Samford University and taught at the University of Alabama at Birmingham from 1985 until 2003 on subjects ranging from traditional darkroom methods and vintage 19th century photographic processes to creative digital techniques.  Ken is a graduate of Jacksonville State University and The University of Alabama at Birmingham.  Ken also frequently speaks to groups around the area, and he leads tours to Alabama’s watermills and other historic sites.

He and his wife, Dori, live in Hoover, Alabama, and enjoy travel, exploration and the arts. Visit his website at