Ashton Thornhill is a photographer working on the Llano Estacado of Texas. He was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and lived there for the first ten years of his life. He and his twin brother David followed their mother to Washington, DC for her new job with a then Senate majority leader, Lyndon Johnson. Through all kinds of twist and turns the twins landed in Dallas, Texas for high school in the 1960s. Then for Ashton, college studies at Texas Tech. After several years working as a photojournalist, Ashton returned to Lubbock and Texas Tech University. Here he taught photography for the next twenty-nine years. Now retired from the incessant meetings of academe, his interest in this distinctive environment on the plains of Texas have invigorated his photographic interest and challenged his creativeness.
Ashton studied and worked with Hershel Womack at Texas Tech. He has had workshops with Kate Breakey, Annie Liebovitz, Ansel Adams, Cole Weston, W. Eugene Smith, Gene Richards, and Keith Carter, among others.
Grounded as a black and white, silver gelatin, photographer of the 60s and 70s, Thornhill reluctantly embraced digital tools more than a decade ago. With the advances in digital image making, and eliminating the toxic chemicals and wasted water of the silver gelatin age, Ashton now makes his photographs digitally and prints with the finest color inks and most stable papers available.