Written by Lauren Hillestad
Artistic expression flows as freely as the Clark Fork River through our city, and when talented people come to a place as photogenic as Missoula you can expect awe-inspiring photography to follow. Iconic spots like the University of Montana campus and KettleHouse Amphitheater beg to be captured, while the surrounding wilderness offers untouched nature that can only be packed out via SD card. Lucky for us, Missoula is the arts and culture hub of Montana and continues to draw exceptional artists and creators our way. We couldn't begin to round up every artistic genius in Missoula—there aren't enough hours in the day—but we did find 10 local photographers who we simply can't get enough of. Get ready for some serious wanderlust, folks.
Brian Christianson has a knack for capturing the ebb and flow of Missoula, whether he's perched high above the hustle and bustle of city life or up close and personal with an icy river. Here we look down on Hellgate Canyon in the glow of moonlight and headlights.
We'd roam with Alex any day if this is where he's headed. Rock Creek is a quick drive from Missoula, though you'll find shots from across the whole state (and world, for that matter) when scrolling through Alex's Instagram feed.
Michael Lloyd is behind the account @41digital, and he lives the Montana lifestyle we know and love. Beware, though: if you've been aching to get out fishing, hunting or hiking around Missoula then you're about to experience some serious envy when visiting this Instagram account.
Many local photographers focus on the great outdoors, but Jeffrey's account, @neubauer_media, dives into a different aspect of Missoula culture: the absolutely epic, ever-growing, I-can't-believe-that-band-came-here music scene. If you haven't already splurged on summer concert tickets, his shots of the KettleHouse Amphitheater will persuade you.
Troy Schlimgen has been doing something pretty special with his account, @bigsky_photography. As part of a "52 Week Photo Challenge," Troy hiked to the same spot on Waterworks Hill every single week for an entire year. The result? An Instagram account that beautifully captures our city as it moves through each season.
It feels like Jordan Lefler is always on the move throughout Montana when you scroll through his Instagram feed. From ski slopes, to wildlife, to mellow city lights like these, you can count on Jordan to inspire your next trip to the Last Best Place.
If you've been to Missoula, there's a chance you've been to Black Coffee Roasting Company for an impressive cup of organic coffee. You might even follow them on Instagram already at @ourblackcoffee. But many people don't realize they have another account, @blackcoffee.mt, fully stocked with photography that captures the region in a clean and simplistic layout.
Morgan Hahn is a Griz student and capturer of sunsets in Missoula and beyond. The best thing about following a photographer who attends the University of Montana has to be the photos of campus that take on a new color palette every season.
Elias Snyders is a Missoula-based creator who takes full advantage of his surroundings, whether he's scaling mountains in Glacier National Park or taking a quick evening hike up Mount Sentinel. We wonder if he ever goes inside. If big mountains, lakes, rivers and roads are your cup of tea, @eliassnyders is your next follow.
Matt Hammerstein is based in Missoula, though his Instagram bio reads "Montana Visuals (More or Less)." And we love that. Scroll through Matt's Instagram feed to join him on far off journeys, and then keep scrolling to return home to his photos of Missoula.
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