Hi, I'm Katie Knapp.
I bring my audiences onto farms across the world. My images show how people grow our food. I illustrate farming—and the agricultural way of life—through images that speak authentically to today's agriculture.
I grew up on a grain farm in Central Illinois. I've known I wanted to be in the agriculture industry and help communicate about farming since childhood. I started my journey as an agricultural photographer in 2005 when I made this black and white photograph of my dad and brother. I was earning my bachelor's degree in agricultural communications from the University of Illinois at the time.
This passion has driven me around the world, camera in hand, and led me to earn a visual sociology master's degree in which I focused on understanding how people mentally picture how their food is raised.
Before starting The Ag Photographer, I worked with several ag focused communications agencies in positions across account service, public relations and account planning.
I have collaborated with farming operations around the world of various sizes raising beef, dairy, swine, poultry, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and/or row crops and with organizations that span the spectrum of seed and crop protection, equipment, animal pharmaceuticals, growers associations, and food production.
My grandfather (the one who bought that tractor new) told me I was certifiably unique once I earned my master's degree because, at that time, no one else in the world had my combination of agricultural communications and visual sociology degrees.
But beyond my point of view, the thing most people think makes me unique is my love of snow. It's part of the reason I moved to Minnesota. I love it so much that in the winter I moonlight as a ski instructor at Afton Alps, which is a 300-ft vertical ski area on the St. Croix River bluff.
Organizations and media around the world are picking up on my passion and expertise. Read, watch or listen to their features about me here.
AgCountry Farm Credit Services' Rural Perspectives: Episode 41 (podcast)
Featured Farm Photographer: Katie Knapp (magazine article)
Women in Agribusiness: Katie Knapp (blog)
Because I was an Ag Com major (blog)
Capturing the image of farming (magazine article)
Making the Invisible Visible (webinar recording)
"Nothing about Katie is half-hearted. She has a deep personal commitment to the food production industry and the way farmers and consumers connect on the topic of how food is produced."
– Mike O., Colleague