Favorite Fish: Wahoo, Musky, and Crappie
Bill Lindner is a nationally recognized outdoor photographer in both fresh and salt water fishing, hunting and food photography arenas. His unique underwater and dramatic action, still images have been widely published in catalogs, magazines, books, postcards, calendars and cookbooks. His videography appears in advertising, the internet and television.
A lifelong sportsman, Bill’s knowledge and passion for fishing and the outdoors is reflected in every image. Based in Minnesota, the land of 10,000 lakes, his assignments, however, have taken him from Canada to the Caribbean, to the South Pacific and beyond.
His photography and videography appear in consumer advertising, packaging and catalogs for such firms as St. Croix Rods, Johnson Outdoors, Rapala, Cabela’s, Storm Lures, Terminator Lures, Berkley/Pure Fishing, Abu Garcia, Plano, Frabill, Marcum underwater cameras, Humminbird Depth Finders, and St. Croix Rods. He has shot food layouts for over 50 cookbooks, and numerous product advertising.
From 1975 to 1995, Bill was employed by Creative Publishing International (formerly Cy DeCosse Inc.) He quickly became principal photographer of the Hunting & Fishing Library series of high quality how-to books, loaded with stunning action, underwater, and beauty images created by Bill Lindner. During these years he also contributed hundreds of still images to North American Membership’s Fishing Club books and North American Fisherman magazine, shooting a myriad of aquatic species.
With an added interest and strong background in food photography, Bill with his wife, Kitty, a food writer, has worked on documentary-style still-photo essays for a variety of food columns in local & national publications, including MN DNR magazine, The Volunteer; Lakes Country Journal; Fishing the Wildside, Bass Pro Outdoor World; and The Florida Sportsman. Topics include fish, birds, big and small game, and foraging for wild edibles. Subject matter includes tapping/processing maple syrup at “sugar bush” with Ojibwe people; harvesting/processing native Minnesota wild rice; shiitake mushroom inoculation, and spring & summer edibles such as morels, watercress, fiddlehead ferns, leeks, and a juicy array of wild berries found throughout Minnesota’s varied and lush landscapes.
Bill Lindner is beyond passionate about his craft. Once he gets an idea in his head, he is unstoppable. He climbs the highest mountain, swims the deepest sea, withstands tundra-like temperatures on the ice…all for the sake of “the shot”. He is driven by the power of his creative mind and deep appreciation for the outdoors; once combined, always results in something magical. Bill Lindner’s photography/videography is an art form—all its own.
He has won three major Canadian Bass Tournaments and is a member of the Normark Fishing Hall of Fame. Bill is also a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America and has won numerous “Best in Craft” photography awards. In 2013, Bill was inducted into the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame as a Legendary Communicator for his significant and lasting contributions to angling.
Bill has also been the exclusive cover photographer for the North American Fisherman magazine for many years and provides extensive studio and location photography for articles and columns. Magazine cover credits include Outdoor Life, Field & Stream, Salt Water Sportsman, Lake Country Journal, North American Fisherman, In-Fisherman publications, Minnesota Volunteer and Krause Ice Guide, to just name a few. His images represent advertising for Fishouflage, Frabill, Rapala, Aqua-Vu, Gander Mountain and Maurice Sporting Goods including their attention-getting in-store displays and billboards.
As a videographer, Bill is the very best in this end of the business. He has filmed and produced product commercials for Rapala, Berkley/Pure Fishing, Humminbird, Plano, Frabill, Live Target Lures, Johnson Outdoors, Northland Tackle, Shimano, G. Loomis, Lund Boats, Stratos Boats, VMC Hooks and In-Fisherman Television and shot film for The History Channel (Modern Marvels), National Geographic, and the National Wildlife Federation. Today he shoots many assignments for Lindner Media Productions.
Two gallery shows of wild rice photography in Minnesota is an exhibit on the Mississippi River and the Cass County (MN) Historical Society. One of Bill’s wild rice images has been named Best of Show in Historical Society. Another of Bill’s images has been named Best of Show in the Twin Cities area and has resulted in his images being used by the Science Museum, the Lake Country Journal magazine contest, and Portraits 2000.