About Brett L. Erickson

Brett Erickson Headshot 100dpiA photographer whose images have won acclaim internationally, Brett Erickson’s work has shown in locations such as Laguna Beach, California; Kamloops, British Columbia; Santa Fe, New Mexico; SoHo, New York City; and Berlin, Germany.

As a professional journalist and documentary photographer, his work has featured at National Geographic.com, National Public Radio, American Public Media, and Nebraska Educational Telecommunications; he formerly served as the freelance Central Nebraska Bureau Chief for NET Radio (Nebraska Public Radio). His first book, PlainSky, Nebraskans, with National Geographic’s Sam Abell, was published in 2013, and he is currently working on a second involving the culture of rural rodeos in the High Plains of the American West. A sought-after workshop instructor, he teaches yearly courses at the world’s foremost photographic educational center, the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. He is sponsored by Hahnemühle, one of the world’s most prestigious photographic inkjet paper companies.

Erickson earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts from Hastings College in 1995, a Master of Arts in Teaching with an emphasis in English Language Arts from Hastings College in 1999, a Cisco Network Associate certificate in 2002, and a Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, one of the nation’s top 12 journalism master’s programs, in 2009. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Instructional Technology / Internet-based Education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


  1. Heard your interview today on Ne Public Radio…..l live in Chadron NE and am so excited to see your work. I am going to try to get to the opening today. Your enthusiasm for western NE is shared by many. Thnak you so much for sharing. K. Watson

  2. Grew up in Senaca, Nebraska and spent 9 summers in the hay fields on a tractor,with my family. Such really good memories. I would do it over again for sure.

  3. Hello … I am the editor of Western Ag Reporter, a weekly ag newspaper published in Billings, Montana. I saw your “10 Lessons” in the Fall 2016 issue of Tri-State’s The Cattle Journal. I would very much like to share this excellent piece with my readers. Is that possible? Linda Grosskopf

    1. Hello, Linda,

      I would be happy to discuss this with you. I have just left a voicemail at your office, and I’ll look forward to your call.



    1. Brian,

      You’re too kind. I live in central Nebraska near the college where I teach.



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