J.D. Hayward

J.D. Hayward's surreal Southern Gothic photography has the power of illusion and allusion. - James Nelson - Art Critic, The Birmingham News

J.D. Hayward, born in 1949, owns and operates a studio and gallery in the historic district of downtown Pensacola, Florida, specializing in executive portraits, and black & white fine-art photography.

Hayward’s black & white art photographs are in public and private collections throughout the United States. His one-man art shows have included a display in the Florida State Capitol Gallery under Gov. Lawton Chiles in 1998, and a display in the Governor’s Gallery under Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in 2002.

He has won numerous awards at art festivals throughout the Southeast, including Best of Show among 150 artists in the 33rd Annual Fine Arts Show in Fairhope, Alabama, in March 2010.


Images have the power to open us to the unknown vastness that lies beyond the categories of logic and reason.

In the 1990s Hayward was influenced by the surrealistic work of Belgian painter René Magritte. Recognized as a master printer, Hayward began combining multiple negatives in the same print resulting in surreal juxtapositions that take the viewer into the world of mysticism and fantasy.

Hayward’s work has been featured in various publications, including the Miami Herald, the St. Petersburg Times, the Pensacola News-Journal, Golf Digest Magazine, the Best of Photography Annual, and Shutterbug Magazine. He has exhibited at the New England Fine Arts Institute, as well as Photo Pro Expo in Washington D.C.

Hayward’s book, “Dramatic Black & White Photography” published by Amherst Media of New York, remained a top seller among photography books when first published in 2003.

Since 1990, Hayward continues to participate in solo exhibitions, group invitationals, and juried exhibitions throughout the southeastern United States.



We're located in the heart of historic downtown Pensacola, Florida.

It is said that images are the food of the soul. If so, Hayward's images are a feast.

Michael DeMaria
Ph.D., Grammy Award-Winning Musician