Warren Brunner – Photographer
A native of Wisconsin, Warren Brunner moved to Berea in 1954 to work in the photography studio of Mrs. Ebba Mattson. It wasn’t long after that Brunner opened his own studio, Brunner Studios, which is now owned and operated by his daughter Kara Beth Brunner. Originally starting out as a wedding and portrait photographer, Brunner soon found a home in photographing all things Appalachia. He spent his time exploring the hills and the hollows to find and capture his image of Appalachia. A humble servant of Appalachia, Brunner says, “My pictures give back to the mountains what the mountains have given to me.”
Throughout Brunner’s extensive career, he has been able to be involved in the publication of numerous books, exhibits and collections. He has also worked with organizations such as the Sierra Club, Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, Hospice, and the ASPI for their calendar.
Today, Brunner finds himself spending time archiving and sorting a 50+ year collection of Appalachian photographs, working on another book and volunteering for non-profits. All photos are available for research purposes and publications. Prints of photos are also available in Brunner’s studio here at Churchill’s.