Houck Medford's first camera was his father's Argus C3, and was used from a hand built platform nailed to the inside of a refrigerator crate -- a "bird blind" positioned only inches away from a bird feeder in an open field. His experiences with his father and grandfather who were bear-hunting storytellers instilled the value and power of a well-told story.
During the first visit that he and his wife, K.B., had with Mr. Hugh Morton of Grandfather Mountain, Mr. Morton asked, "Do you have a good camera? Do you know how to take great photographs? If you are going to be doing what you say you are going to be doing for the Blue Ridge Parkway, plan on being at my camera clinic next week, I will have a place for you!"
Houck Medford is a native of Waynesville, NC and a third generation dentist. He attended Wake Forest University, received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Emory University, completed his hospital residency at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte and was the first faculty member of the Department of Dentistry at the Wake Forest University Medical Center. He was distinguished professionally as a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology and developed a national teaching program in implant dentistry. He maintained a private practice and retired from dentistry in 1996.
In 1997, he started the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation and left the organization in 2010 as CEO Emeritus and Founder.
Houck Medford currently resides in Blowing Rock, NC with his wife where they are intimately involved with the community.