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"Every photographer gets a once in a lifetime shot. 

Jim Livingston gets those once in a lifetime shots, again and again."

                                                          Roy Mullins 


About Jim Livingston


Recently, Jim submitted information for an autobiography.  After struggling to convey the adventuresome life he has lived, he summed it up like this: “At 18, like many young men, I wanted to save the world, so I studied to become a priest, but I discovered the world was too big for me to save.  I wanted to continue helping people so I did social work but I discovered in the end, a person has to help themselves for real change to take place.  I wanted to help justice happen, so I worked in the legal world only I learned that the legal world is more about money than justice.  Now I just want to create a beautiful photo and go home happy.”


Jim has been a minister, social worker, and was a legal assistant. He has chased pixels from Central America to Alaska.  Jim has photographed some of the most amazing performances from platinum award-winning Rock bands like Blue October, to the 50 year running, internationally acclaimed, play Texas in Palo Duro Canyon State Park. He has captured stunning images of storm chasing and explored the depths of caves. From the gondola of a hot air balloon to driving race cars, to whatever it takes to get the shot, Jim is fearless. Jim is best known for his brilliant nighttime landscape images of the Texas Panhandle.


Jim is widely published and has won multiple awards for his art.  He has had multiple solo gallery showings and even dedicated solo museum exhibitions.


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Jim's Current project: I am Rt 66


The concept is deceptively simple.  Document the people who work live or otherwise are involved in America's most famous highway with a simple Black and White Portrait and three questions: I am, I regret, Before I die?  Sounds simple until you realize Route 66 is 2400 miles long!  To date, the journey has led to traveling over 12,000 miles on the 2400 mile highway trying to meet those people.  Some 1500 portraits have been taken.  A book is being written, a documentary being made and currently, an art exhibit is traveling to different museums around the United States.





Here are links to different things written about him around the web in no particular order.

Jim Livingston's I am Project

 I, Amarillo

Panhandle Spirit: "I Am Project" meets Route 66

Photographer Livingston captures beauty, reverence of Panhandle night sky

Merry Christmas

Jim Livingston’s 18 Best Photos Of 2018 

Healing In the Desert – Photographer, Jim Livingston

Jim Livingston’s Texas Panhandle

"The Healing Canyon" by Jim Livingston

Local photographer helps the community define identity

Night Photography

Photographers share their thoughts about capturing the famous Texas Panhandle sunsets

The Hard Road Art exhibit

New Art On Display at Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport

Airport Art

Amarillo photo artist Livingston’s collection featured at Airport Art Wall

Portraits of the Healing Canyon

Amarillo photographer documents his love of Palo Duro in a new show

Photo artist draws healing, inspiration from canyon:

Working together in the Panhandle Spirit

Jim Livingston’s Photography And Poets Raise Funds For Chalice Abbey

Landscape photographer finds the road home

A Moment with Ziggy Joined By Jim Livingston

Jim Livingston – Finding Light in the Darkness

Amarillo College Current Spring 2014

Photographer’s reception will include free portrait sessions





Jim has widely been published commercially and artistically.  He has participated in many gallery and museum group and solo art shows.  Below is an ongoing list of where Jim's work has been exhibited and the publications, along with other awards.


Pre-photography Jim did social work, was a minister and worked in the legal field.  He holds multiple degrees and certifications. Back injuries left him nearly unable to walk.  His career doing social work left him very cynical.  Jim needed to re-frame the world. Jim turned to photography to heal both physically and mentally.    Most people love Jim's philosophical musings about life as much as his art.  He traveled extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central America.  His favorite view is still out of his windshield.   Jim has always loved the night sky and the stars and it was natural for him to focus on night photography.  In the end, despite having multiple degrees and certifications, his passion is photography and we are only listing those things related to his photography career. 


Art Exhibitions and Lectures


Current and Future Events

Reflections Envisioned vi, Art Exhibit and Grand opening of I am Rt 66 Visitor Center and Art Gallery. Amarillo, Texas, Dec 5, 2019

Past Events


Slide Show and Lecture on I am Rt 66, Atlanta Historical Society, Atlanta, Illinois, October 18, 2019

"I am Rt 66 Art Exhibition and Portrait showing", Baxter Springs Heritage Museum, Baxter Springs, Kansas Sept 9, 2019

I am Rt 66 Art Exhibition and Portrait showing, Pontiac Museum Complex, Pontiac, Illinois, June 30- Sept 7, 2019

"I am  Rt  66  Art Exhibition and Portrait showing", an exhibition on the art and portraits of the book and project, "I am Rt 66", June 1st, Against the Wall Gallery.



"Reflections Envisioned iii, 18 best images of 2018" Solo Exhibit at Six Car Pub, Amarillo Texas, Dec 9, 2018.  A retrospective of the best images from 2018.

"Moments in Motion", Solo Art Exhibition, Spring Hill Suites Amarillo, Texas April 17, 2018.  This art show not only featured his work on canvas but also showed off his cinemagraphs of moving still photos.

"The Hard Road", Collaborative Performance, the Chalice Abbey Center for Spirituality and the Arts, Amarillo, Texas, May 8th, 2018.  A five year retrospective of images which had an emotional impact on Jim along with original poetry by local poets about those photos and original music.

"The Hard Road", Solo Art Exhibition, the Chalice Abbey Center for Spirituality and the Arts, Amarillo, Texas, March 23, 2018. A five year retrospective of images which had an emotional impact on Jim.

"The Hard Road", Artist Talk, Amarillo Unitarian Universal Fellowship, Amarillo, Texas, March 22, 2018.  Jim gave a lecture on the events and issues related to his photography from 2013 to present.

"Expanse", Solo Art Exhibition, Armstrong Country Museum, Claude, Texas March 15, 2018.  Images of the southwest high plains.

"Expanse", Featured presenter at the bi-annual Southern Plains conference at the Panhandle-Plains Museum, Canyon Texas, Feb 22, 2018. Images of the southwest high plains.

"The Road Home", Solo Art Exhibit, Kemp Center for the Arts in Wichita Falls, Texas, Feb 09, 2018.  Jim was asked to do an exhibit in his hometown.  Also during this time, his brother died in Missouri and Jim found himself traveling back to his early childhood home.  There were images from the road home. 

"Constructs of Time", Solo Art Exhibit, R Gallery, Amarillo, Texas, Jan 13, 2018.  This show featured those images where Jim played with Exposure times.



"Reflections Envisioned II, 17 best images from 2017", Solo Exhibit, R Gallery, Amarillo Texas, Dec 9, 2017.  A retrospective of the best images from 2017.

"The Texas Panhandle", Solo Art exhibit, Rick Husband International Airport, Amarillo Texas, July through October 2017.  Images from the outdoor musical "Texas" and the Texas panhandle in which the play is set.

"The Texas Panhandle", Solo Art Exhibit, Armstrong Co Museum, Claude Texas, May 25, 2017, Images from the outdoor musical "Texas" and the Texas panhandle in which the play is set.



"Reflections Envisioned, best 16 images of 2016" Solo Art Exhibit, R Gallery, Amarillo Texas, December 14, 2016.  A retrospective of the 16 best images of 2016.

"The Open Road", group juried exhibition, Amarillo Museum of Art, Amarillo, Texas, November 4, 2016.  Juried group exhibition of images about the road and road trips.  Jim had two images choose to be exhibited in the Museum.

“Night Calling”, Solo Art Exhibit, Gallery on 7th Avenue, July 29, 2016.  The art show featured night images from around the Texas panhandle.

"The Healing Canyon", Solo Art Exhibit, Chalice Abbey Center for the Arts, July 15, 2016.  This art show featured images from Palo Duro Canyon, where Jim went when he was feeling bad.

"Night Skies", Solo Art exhibit, Hastings Coffee Shop, Amarillo, Texas, June 13, 2016, The art show featured night images from around the Texas panhandle.

“What the Camera Sees”  Solo Art Exhibit, Armstrong Co, Museum of Art, Claude Texas, June 6th, 2016.  This art show featured a miss mash of the images Jim had not shown.  Everything from horny toads to storm images.

West Texas AM University/Amarillo College Amarillo Museum of Art Juried Group Exhibition 2016 Juried Group Exhibition, Amarillo Museum of Art, March 25, 2016.  Jim had two images picked to be featured in this show. 

"Spring Showing", Solo Art exhibit, Art Gecko Art Gallery, Amarillo, Texas, March 31st, 2016.  This art show featured flowers and insects (especially butterflies) from the Texas Panhandle in the spring.

“Meet the Artist”, Artist Lecture by Jim Livingston, Amarillo Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, January 12, 2016. Jim spoke about his photography.

"Reflections", Solo Art exhibition, Gallery on 7th Street, Amarillo, January 29, 2016.  This art show featured matted 8x10's and nothing else as a reflection of all of the subjects Jim had photographed. 



"Winter Muse", Solo Art Exhibition, Chalice Abbey Center for Spirituality and the Arts, Amarillo Texas.  Jim's winter pictures of snowscapes from around the Texas Panhandle and New Mexico.

"The I am Project" Solo Art Exhibition, Palace Coffee, Canyon Texas, December 11, 2015.  This art show featured some 100 portraits of people from around the panhandle who answered three questions: "I am..., I regret..., Before I die..."

"Panhandle after Dark", Solo Art Exhibition, Palace Coffee, Canyon, Texas, November 14, 2015.  The art show featured new images of the night from around the Texas Panhandle.

"The 806 Show", Solo Art Exhibition, the 806 Coffee Shop, Amarillo, Texas, July 2, 2015.  This was the beginning of the "I am project."  Jim showed 64 portraits of the patrons of the coffee shop with their answers to the questions: "I am... I regret...Before I die..."

"Texas Storm", Solo Art Exhibition, Art Gecko Art Gallery, Amarillo, Texas, May 1st, 2015.  Photographs of various storm chasing images. 

West Texas AM University/Amarillo College Amarillo Museum of Art 2015 Juried Group Exhibition.  Jim had one image choose to hang in the museum show. 

“Erotic Valentine’s Day”, Group Art Exhibition, Red Gallery, February 14th, 2015.  Three images of Jim's work with a model was featured in the group gallery show.

"Journey through Darkness", Solo Art Exhibit, Chalice Abbey Center for Spirituality and the Arts, February 13th, 2015.  This art show featured images from sunset to sunrise as an allegory to the journey from homelessness to photographic career.

Amarillo Library Group Exhibition Juried show January/February 2015. Two of Jim's photos were chosen to hang in the Amarillo Library for this group show. 



"Side by Side", Group Exhibit at the Southern Light Gallery, Amarillo, Texas.  This exhibition featured the work of Jim which had an image of him as a boy with his grandmother pointing out the constellations. 

"Side by Side", Juried Exhibition, Amarillo, Museum of Arts, Amarillo, Texas.  This exhibition featured work which was stitched together with a thread of some sort.  Jim stitched a photo of his grandfather and himself together to show the thread of blood and time in generations.

Solo Exhibition Guinevere Gallery, November-December 2014.  Jim's first solo gallery exhibition featuring several of his early images.

West Texas A&M - Amarillo College - Amarillo Museum of Art 2014 Juried Group Exhibition, Honorable Mention for Photography.  Two of Jim's images were chosen to hang in the museum, one of which won honorable mention. 


Publications featuring Jim's work or featuring Jim:

Amarillo Magazine, article on "I am Rt 66." March 1, 2019

Amarillo Globe-News, Frontpage photograph, for the Christmas edition, December 25, 2018

Amarillo Globe-News, Frontpage article about Jim Livingston Jim Livingston’s Texas Panhandle  Mar 27, 2018

The Hub, Featured in an article about his art exhibit, Healing in the Desert, March 14, 2018

The Current Magazine, Amarillo College Publication, Article about Jim's work, Searching for Self Awareness Through a Camera Lens

Focus on the Wild, Web Publication, Featured Jim's photo of the Lighthouse in Palo Duro Canyon,  May 2017

Amarillo Globe-News, FrontPage article about Jim Livingston, Local Photographer helps define community, July 21, 2016

405 Magazine, Featured photo for the article, Great Get Always by Matt Payne, July 2016

Horseback Magazine, Cover Photograph, March 1st, 2018

The Hub, Featured article about photography, Finding Light in the Darkness, June 2016

Texas Highways, January 15, 2015 Ad for Amarillo Convention and Visitor Council, half-page layout

The Ranger, Sept 11, 2014, (featured photograph of Justin Furstenfield of Blue October)

AC Current, May 2014 Edition (photos published from around Amarillo, Texas)

Amarillo Globe-News, Sunday Homes, May 12, 2013, Cover Feature



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