Hatcher Photography Co. is centrally located in Mount Pleasant, Tennessee; the proprietor is John M. Hatcher. A native of Smiths Grove, KY, Hatcher and his wife Linda moved here in 1983 after John was promoted to territorial manager for a large school photography studio based out of Bowling Green. Shortly after, John became the chief photographer of The Columbia Daily Herald, where he won numerous awards, the most prestigious of which was being named Photographer of the Year by the Tennessee Press Association in 1986 for his photographic essay on civil rights. Hatcher also captured an image that was just one of two in the Herald’s history to be picked up by the national wire service.

At age 24, John was awarded the exclusive photographic contract for General Motors’ Saturn Corporation, then the largest industrial development in the history of the world. This contract launched Hatcher Photography Company in Mt. Pleasant in 1986. Also a publisher, Hatcher founded The Village Peddler and the Mid-South Journal, both of which won publishing awards for excellence in the early 90’s. Hatcher served as an adjunct professor of photography at Columbia State Community College for six years, as well. John’s images have appeared worldwide in such publications as The Harvard Journal, Time, Newsweek and Encyclopedia Britannica.

John’s volunteer work has included coaching kids in Dixie Youth Baseball League and providing leadership for Boy Scouts of America as advancement chairman for Troop 154. John and Linda’s sons Joshua and Benjamin are active in these organizations.

Hatcher currently serves on the executive board of the Mt. Pleasant Chamber of Commerce and is chairman of the Board of Zoning Appeals.  John has served on other community boards, as well.

Hatcher Photography offers studio portraiture, senior portraits, custom framing, graphic design work, historical art restoration, and, most recently, web site development. This year, 2012, marks the 26th anniversary of Hatcher Photography Company in Mt. Pleasant.

John & Linda