A Final Portrait

Not long before he died, Ken Taylor needed a new photograph of himself for a magazine. He apologized for the brevity of our time together and the lack of an “inspired” location – his office.

It was not unlike him to spend our time together worrying about how he should pose. This session, like most with him, was over before he thought it had begun. It was easy to capture images of this truly humble man.

I had photographed him a number of times over the years and I suspected that this would be our last shoot together. I could not feel badly that he didn’t wish to spend more moments of what little time he had having his picture taken.

This particular photo has not been published before and I like it because – although a silhouette – it reveals much about his personality and his life. As the author of the Living Bible he could have been a very proud man. Instead he remains a humble servant in the shadows of the God he represents.


Ken Taylor

Ken Taylor

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  1. Betsey November 10, 2009 at 12:31 pm #

    Bill, this was wonderful. Our time with Dr. Taylor and Margaret remains a highlight of my professional (and Christian) life …

  2. Harold Myra November 16, 2009 at 3:05 pm #


    You’re so right that your photo captures the powerful, unique essence of the man.

    He had a profound impact on literally millions of people yet saw himself as a flawed servant just doing what he could.


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