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Keith Dotson is a fine art photographer creating black and white photographs for a global audience.

  • Keith's work has been exhibited in Los Angeles, New York, Austin, Nashville, Minneapolis, Toronto, Madison (WI), and Knoxville (TN).
  • Keith's work was featured in Ken Burn's epic 2022 book One America: A Photographic History
  • Keith's photographs have appeared in two major motion pictures and more than a half-dozen TV shows, most notably recurring appearances on Grey's Anatomy (wall art in Meredith Grey's bedroom), Tyler Perry's Sistas (2019), and previously on Melissa and Joey.
  • Keith's prints have been collected by individuals from around the world, from LA to Charleston, and Dubai to Canberra.
  • Institutional and corporate clients include major hotels, fine restaurants, medical facilities, corporate offices, and a big four accounting firm.
  • Celebrity collectors include a Hollywood actress, a Nashville country music star, a well-known best-selling author, and one of the owners of a legendary pro basketball team.
  • Keith is the author of the book Unloved and Forgotten: Fine Art Photographs of Abandoned Places, available on Amazon.


Keith Dotson: A Working Fine Art Photographer

Keith Dotson is a Nashville-based fine art photographer who specializes in black and white landscapes, cityscapes, and abstractions from nature.

He is a parent, a tree hugger, a restless spirit, and a traveler. He is a former art and design teacher, advertising creative director, and a military veteran. Originally from Texas, he holds a BA from St. Edward’s University in Austin and also studied art in Houston. He practiced and explored various art mediums, from painting to printmaking, before he discovered his true artistic passion in photography.

He currently resides in the exciting Nashville area, where he enjoys the city’s live music scene, good southern cooking, and nature’s beauty in all four seasons.

His work has been collected by individuals, corporations, universities, high-tech firms, fine restaurants, medical facilities, and hotels around the country and worldwide (including celebrities from Hollywood and Nashville, and the high-profile owner of a legendary professional sports team).

In December, 2020, a judge in the Nashville chancery court decorated her private chambers with ten black and white photographs by Keith Dotson.

Keith's photographs appeared in two major motion pictures including the 2016 movie Why Him? and the 2018 action film Peppermint, starring Jennifer Garner. His photographs had multi-season recurring roles on the sets of Grey's Anatomy and Melissa and Joey, and have appeared in other TV shows like Modern Family, The Mindy Project, and Lady Dynamite.

His work has been exhibited in Los Angeles, New York, Austin, Nashville, Minneapolis, Toronto, Madison (WI), and Knoxville (TN).  

Portrait of photographer Keith Dotson 

Fine art photographer Keith Dotson. Scroll down for more portraits for media use.

Artist Profile Sheet

Click here to download a PDF of Keith's most current artist profile sheet.

Front side of Keith Dotson's Artist Profile Sheet

Front side of Keith Dotson's Artist Profile Sheet

Back side of Keith Dotson's Artist Profile Sheet

Back side of Keith Dotson's Artist Profile Sheet



keithdotson.com  Keith's primary website, portfolio, and e-commerce site

Keith Dotson | Shadows and Light  Keith's informal lifestyle and photography blog covers a wide range of topics including photography, travel, environmentalism, and Nashville-related postings

Author page on Amazon  Keith's author page on Amazon.com.

Anchor — Keith's Podcast host


The Fine Art Photography Podcast

Keith Dotson Fine Art Photography Podcast

Listen to Keith's fine art photography podcast at these sites or on your favorite podcasting channel:
Apple Podcasts
Anchor FM

Social Media


Based in Nashville, with a global audience

Map of visits to Keith's website since the beginning of 2017

Map of recent visits to Keith's website

Keith's website draws a global audience, with the bulk of visits coming from the US and UK.


Most popular photographs

collage of popular and well-known photographs by keith dotson

A collage of some of Keith Dotson's more popular or better known photographs. Top left: Avenue of the Oaks, Savannah; Top right: Giant Cottonwood Tree in Winter; Bottom left: Bent Tree on Driftwood Beach; Center right: Brass Lone Star Door Knob at Texas State Capitol; Bottom right: Historical Mechanical Antique Farm Machine.


Personal mission / Artist's statement

For Keith, photography is not an activity as much as a compulsion. He is driven by a need to translate the world he encounters into his personal vision, using a camera and lens. Photography is his way of seeing and interpreting life. While he sometimes photographs grand landscapes and awe-inspiring vistas, his favorite natural subjects are the tiny, intimate details of a landscape. He maintains a child-like wonder over the fact that a photograph can freeze for eternity a droplet of water dangling from the tip of a leaf, at the same time giving this quiet moment equal artistic status as a monumental mountain peak. 

The choice of black and white supports Keith's way of distilling a subject to its essence. In black and white, the spirit of a thing, a person, or a place becomes more evident.

While Keith is inclined to photograph any subject that interests him, he is most drawn to places and landscapes with long history places where the spirits of long gone inhabitants can still be felt. He rarely photographs people, but his photographs are always about and for humankind.

Keith's work is unapologetically aesthetic. He seeks subjects that are peaceful, beautiful, atmospheric, maybe moody but never caustic. While there's a need for art that challenges the viewer and creates controversy to spur awareness or create change, that's not the nature of Keith's photography or his personality.



News media, podcasters, bloggers, reviewers, and social media influencers

Keith is available to the media for interviews and discussions in person, via telephone or video chat, or by email.

Lectures, panels, and artist talks

He can be for booked for lectures, talks, and panel discussions about photography, the nature of working solely in black and white, the business of fine art or landscape photography, history of photography, artistic influences, working as a photographer in a media saturated world, or other related topics.

Marketing and promotional collaborations

Keith will assess opportunities for appropriate, mutually beneficial marketing collaborations on a case-by-case basis. Contact Keith with your proposal or concept.

Product reviews

Keith is available on a limited basis to provide honest and thorough reviews of photography-related equipment, software, film stocks, etc.

Black and white photography for home and office decor, interior design projects, gallery shows, and film/television licensing.

Keith Dotson photographs in Ken Burns new book

Keith Dotson photographs as seen in Ken Burns' 2022 book

Two photographs by Keith Dotson, featured in New England Home magazine, December 2020. Design by Lisa Hilderbrand. Photo by John Bessler.

Keith Dotson's photograph of a barren winter cottonwood tree featured on the cover of "The Coven Tree," a horror novel by Ed Perratore.

Keith Dotson's photograph of a barren winter cottonwood tree featured on the cover of "The Coven Tree," a horror novel by Ed Perratore.

Keith Dotson's photograph of a leaf skeleton on the cover of Anne Carson's book (French translation)

Keith Dotson's photograph of a leaf skeleton on the cover of Anne Carson's book (French translation)

Keith Dotson's photograph featured in Portfolio Magazine

Featured in Portfolio Magazine Naples (Florida)

Featured in Portfolio Magazine Naples (Florida)

An article about Keith's photography work, published in "DeSoto Magazine: Exploring the South"

An article about Keith's photography work, published in "DeSoto Magazine: Exploring the South"



  • Graduated with a B.A. degree in Communications from St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas 
  • Studied art/visual communications in Houston
  • Worked as an award-winning advertising/corporate Creative Director with a career spanning 20 years prior to taking up fine art photography as a serious pursuit
  • Began taking photographs in junior high school at the urging of an art teacher. Continued into high school with dark room practice and publications
  • Taught art and design as a member of adjunct faculty for several years at Austin Community College and Texas State Technical College (Waco)
  • Works with art consultants and interior designers nationwide, including successful collaborations with firms in New York, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Ft. Worth, Houston, Los Angeles, Nashville, Denver, Naples (Florida), Portland, and Costa Mesa (California)

Former college art and design instructor for 6+ years

Quick facts

  • First camera was a Canon AT-1 given to him in high school by his parents. This is a mostly forgotten manual version of the popular Canon AE-1
  • Keith is a single parent of two children, now grown.
  • Favorite food: Anything spicy, ethnic, or foreign, especially Indian, Thai, Vietnamese, Ethiopian, and Korean.  
  • Keith grew up in Texas, but spent early years traveling with his family because of his father's military career.
  • At age 25, Keith was selected for a trip to India as part of a Rotary Club-sponsored group study exchange trip.
  • In addition to photography, Keith is passionate about art, travel, history, archaeology, music, and ecology.
  • Keith supports a progressive ideology. He believes in the right for everyone to live life on their own terms with the unfettered ability to seek happiness, earn a living, and love the person of their choice. He is unequivocally opposed to hate, bigotry, racism, and the small-thinking that results from those negative tendencies.
  • Keith's biggest artistic influences include Hokusai, Andrew Wyeth, Wolf Kahn, Bill Brandt, Margaret Bourke-White, William Henry Fox Talbot, and David Hockney. Also Bach, Mozart, Vivaldi, Brian Eno, The Cure, Hounddog Taylor.


Recent career highlights

  • Invited to participate in a group exhibition at Longue Vue House and Gardens in New Orleans, March-September 2023
  • Two photographs published in Ken Burns' new book Our America: A Photographic History, 2022
  • 32 photographic prints selected to decorate a women's health clinic in the University of Kentucky HealthCare system, 2021
  • Numerous prints selected for decor in the private chambers of a Nashville Chancery Court judge, 2020
  • Several photographs selected to appear in the 2019 television show Sistas by Tyler Perry
  • Two Keith Dotson photographs selected to participate in House Beautiful magazine's Whole Home Nashville show house. The work was chosen by Los Angeles-based interior designer firm Jackson Paige Interiors as part of decor of the master bedroom
  • Two Keith Dotson photographs shared the big screen with star Jennifer Garner in the 2018 action film Peppermint
  • Three photographs selected to appear recurrently in Grey's Anatomy (look for them over the bed in Meredith Grey's bedroom)
  • Interviewed for feature in DeSoto Magazine, 2015
  • Interviewed for feature in Portfolio Magazine Naples, 2017
  • Two photographs on the big screen in the 2016 holiday comedy Why Him?, getting ample screen time with James Franco, Brian Cranston, and members of Kiss
  • Keith's photographs have been collected by celebrities in Los Angeles and Nashville (sorry, no name dropping here)
  • Selected for licensed reproductions with Fathead for their first-ever series of fine art photography pieces
  • Having 19 photographs selected by Nashville gourmet restaurant Prima to fill the walls of one of their private dining rooms
  • Sending a photograph on a European rock tour as backdrop art for a Danish singer's stage act
  • Works chosen for the interior design of the swank Angel Oak Restaurant inside Bacara Resort and Spa in Santa Barbara, California
Photographs by Keith Dotson, seen in season 14 of TV drama Grey's Anatomy

A scene from season 14 of Grey's Anatomy, showing three landscape photographs by Keith Dotson


What people are saying

"Oh, how very beautiful. It’s the small images in a big world that capture our imagination … not the big picture. These are exquisite and it warms my heart to see that these pictures also represent some of my modest endeavours in photography. Black and white is my very favourite. Thank you." —Comment on a blog post about Keith's work.

"This picture is just amazing mate! I'm completely crazy about your fantastic work! You're a true inspiration." —Instagram comment

"Another lovely site with a focus on fine art photography. His portfolio, especially those on nature and landscapes, are beautifully curated and distinctive in his personal style. The real value is in his blog though. There is just so much information and commentary from him of his portfolio work. One key learning from him: to stick with a theme/project and produce solid quality images." —Quoted about Keith on the photography website bnwtimes.com.

"Your photographs caught my eye and the more I looked at them, the deeper they got into me. What an amazing artist you are! They are sad, quiet, and beautiful." —Message received via email

"While Dotson's rich portfolio covers places, structures, and landscapes, the results come from his decisive thoughts formed long before the click of a shutter." —Quote from an article about Keith's work in DeSoto Magazine

"Wow Keith!! These are some really nice b&w images. The lighting is done exquisitely, by someone who understands lighting. Outstanding!!" —Comment on a blog post about Keith's work.

"As the beauty of his work shows, commonplace objects can become dramatic masterpieces after their colors are stripped away." —Written in an article about Keith on a popular photography blog.

"Stunning photograph. Keith was an absolute pleasure to deal with and nothing was too much trouble. Very prompt service and arrived in Australia very quickly and securely. Thank You!" —Customer review

"The picture came in today and it is even more beautiful than I expected." —Customer review



These portraits of Keith Dotson is released for use by the news media, bloggers, reviewers, and social media influencers. Others are available upon request.

Portrait of fine art photographer Keith Dotson on location at an abandoned school in Oklahoma (January 2022)


Portrait of fine art photographer Keith Dotson for media use



Portrait of photographer Keith Dotson

Fine art photographer Keith Dotson on the site of the old Abandoned Gem Theatre in Cairo, Illinois