About Linda

A nationally recognized, award winning photojournalist and member of the exclusive and prestigious Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame, has divided her career between capturing the most famous personalities of our time and teaching teaching children and youth experiencing homelessness to express their innermost hopes and dreams through photography.

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Kim Novak

“I feel like I’ve known Linda all my life. She intuitively seems to know how to catch that déjà vu moment with her camera lens—giving the pictures a unique and special touch like no other. She amazes me.”
– Kim Novak, screen actress and visual artist

James J. Blanchard

“Linda Solomon is a Michigan treasure. She photographs celebrities and friends with equal enthusiasm, all the while devoting much of her time teaching others to enjoy the profession she loves.”
– James J. Blanchard, former Governor for the State of Michigan

Aretha Franklin NBC Nightly News story

Aretha Franklin Collection

Linda Solomon‘s exhibition of Aretha Franklin portraits was permanently featured on NBC Nightly News in 2023.

Inspiring America / The Other Side of Aretha Franklin on NBC Nightly News


Commissioned Portraits

Throughout her career, Linda’s work has been commissioned by numerous celebrities. The collections of Ms. Elizabeth Taylor, Mr. Tony Bennett, the late Al Hirschfeld, and many others, contain portraits taken exclusively by Linda.

Additionally, her photography has been featured in books by noted authors, including Elmore Leonard and Robert James Waller and, recently, Linda’s portrait of Aerosmith’s Joe Perry and his wife Billie was featured in his autobiography.

Public Speaking & Lectures

Linda is a nationally recognized public speaker and has been a featured speaker for numerous universities and organizations across the country. Her captivating speeches detail her introduction to photography and father’s inspiration, explore the wide-ranging benefits of photography-related educational programs, and share her passion for photojournalism.



Linda has been the author or photographer for a number of books. Her most recent, The Queen Next Door:
Aretha Franklin, An Intimate Portrait
offers an unseen look at Aretha Franklin’s life, captured through photography and stories.

Awards & Honors

Selected list of Linda’s many honors and awards

Awards & Honors list
  • Inducted into the CATCH Hall of Fame 2023
  • Crain’s NOTABLE WOMEN IN NON- PROFITS Honor – 2023
  • Community House – PILLAR Award
  • Nonprofit Communicator of The Year
    2019 Honorable Mention
  • Author – Michigan’s Most Notable Books 2019
  • Giving Back Award 2018 – National photography award
  • Michigan Artist of The Year
  • Received Oakland County Board of Commissioners Proclamation
  • State of Michigan Special Tribute
  • Northwood University Distinguished Women Award Tribute to Achievement and Service
  • Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Salvation Army Award for Pictures of Hope
  • International Women’s Forum Member
  • New York Friars Club Member
  • Tennessee Arts Academy Honorary Board Member
  • Michigan Human Society Honorary Board Member
  • Oakland Parks Foundation Board Member
  • JVS Trade Secrets Honorary Chair
  • Hospice of Southeastern Michigan Honorary Chair
  • Northwood University Keynote Speaker
  • University of Michigan Keynote Speaker
  • Tennessee Arts Academy in Nashville Keynote Speaker
  • Professional Photographers of America in Atlanta Keynote Speaker
  • Cowgirl Hall of Fame in Ft. Worth, Texas, Keynote Speaker
  • George Eastman House, Rochester, New York, Honored Guest
  • Oakland Parks Photography Contest, Judge and Director
  • Cranbrook Gardens Photography Contest, Chief Judge

To Learn More…

To learn more about Linda’s work or to inquire about engaging her photography or speaking services, please contact Linda.