About The Photographer

Kentucky native Harry L. Hinkle, a fine-art photographer living in Lexington, Kentucky, specializes in contemplative black & white film photography of quiet places found in both the rural and urban landscape.

After retirement from careers in teaching and public television, Hinkle has devoted much of his time to pursuing his love of making finely-crafted black and white images.

His biggest challenge so far has been producing the photographs for Thomas Merton’s Gethsemani: Landscapes of Paradise, a book co-authored by Monica Weis and published by the University Press of Kentucky in the spring, 2005. The book is a photographic exploration of the renowned monk’s beloved Trappist monastery located south of Bardstown, Kentucky.

Hinkle’s photographs have been shown in numerous solo and group exhibits in Lexington and Louisville. They have also been used on book, journal and CD covers, and have been featured in both Black&White and Focus magazine.

B.A. English, Morehead State University, 1970

Photography Courses, Workshops
  • Numerous weekend nature photography workshops/competitions led by America’s top nature photographers, 1983-1990
  • Community college photography and darkroom classes, University of Kentucky, Lexington Community College, 1987-89
  • The Zone System Workshop, by Howard Bond, Ann Arbor, MI, 1997
  • The Complete Zone System, a year-long course taught by George DeWolfe, instructor, photographer and contributing editor for Camera Arts magazine, 2000
  • Vision & Technique Workshop, taught by Michael A. Smith and Paula Chamlee, Ottsville, PA, 2001
  • The Expressive Black & White Print, taught by John Sexton, February, 2005
  • Bromoil Workshop by David Lewis, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, June, 2008
  • The Next Step Workshop by Craig Tanner, Savannah, GA, March, 2011

Solo Exhibits

  • “In Search of Solitude” The Carnegie Center for Learning and Literacy, Lexington, KY, 2001
  • “Revealing Light” The Alternative Jewelry Shop, Nicholasville, KY, 2002
  • “Taken By Design” Lexington Art League MetroLex Gallery, Lexington, KY, 2003
  • “Taken By Design” Eine Kleine Photograph Gallery, Covington, KY, 2004
  • “Nature’s Splendor” Southern Hills Methodist Church, Lexington, KY, 2005
  • “Thomas Merton’s Gethsemani: Landscapes of Paradise, Photographs by Harry L. Hinkle,” The Gallery in Berea, KY, June, 2005
  • “Thomas Merton’s Gethsemani: Landscapes of Paradise, Photographs by Harry L. Hinkle,” McGrath Gallery, Bellarmine University, Louisville, KY, September, 2005
  • “Thomas Merton’s Gethsemani: Landscapes of Paradise, Photographs by Harry L. Hinkle,” Christ Church Cathedral, Lexington, KY, January-February, 2006
Group Exhibits
  • "Pieces of Peace" Group show of images of Tibet and Our Lady of Gethsemani with Richard and Julie Farkas, Lexington, KY, December, 2008
  • Lexington Art League's "Visual Dialogues II" Group exhibit with Frank Doering and Ron Durham, Government Center, Lexington, KY, December 2007-January 2008
  • "Black & White" Group show with Steven Burchett, The Art Depository, Nicholasville, KY, August-September, 2008
  • "Enchanted Woods," Group show, Mary Rezny Studio/Gallery, Lexington, KY, November-December, 2009

Juried Shows
  • Lexington Art League’s “Masterpieces of Maturity” 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005
  • Lexington Art League’s “Photo Photography Now” 2006
  • Berea Arts Council's "Photo Alternative: The Past as Future, 2009

  • Magazine: Featured in B&W Magazine, April, 2005
  • Book: Thomas Merton’s Gethsemani: Landscapes of Paradise, University of Kentucky Press, May, 2005
  • Book Covers: Pax Intrantibus: Meditations on the Poetry of Thomas Merton, by Frederick Smock; An Invitation to the Contemplative Life, by Wayne Simsic.

Album Cover
  • “Sweet Irrational Worship: The Niles-Merton Songs, Opus 171-172,” Chad Runyon and Jacqueline Chew

Honors, awards
  • First Place, Professional Photography, Mountain Arts Festival, Morehead, KY, 2001
  • Second Place, Lexington Art League Reverse Raffle, 2004
  • Nominee, The Black & White Spider Awards, international competition/show, 2010
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