Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Tony Ward





Tony Ward

Tony Ward was a photographer. He born in Philadelphia. He attained a Master of Fine Arts degree from The Rochester Institute of Technology. He lives in Philadelphia with his children.
Tony Ward's photographic imagery unites his primal love, erotic art, with his perennial passions for fashion, design, and portraiture. Ward achieved global notoriety with his first book of erotic photography, the controversial and highly praised Obsessions (Editions Stemmle, Zurich, 1998). Obsessions was followed by four more challenging, innovative, and critically acclaimed volumes: Orgasm (Alixe, Paris, 2000), Tableaux Vivants (Stemmle, 2002), OrgasmXL (Alixe, 2002) and Best of Erotica (6x6.com, Berlin, 2005). Prominent academics such as A.D. Coleman, Rick Wester, Reinhold Misselbeck, and George Pitts have written illuminating essays that accompany these editions.Ward's fine art is widely collected, and he exhibits in galleries in America, Europe and Asia. Just as the audience for his sensual reflections is decidedly international, so his search for provocative new subjects necessitates constant worldwide travel. Ward makes his home in the historic heart of old Philadelphia, but his unending quest for inspiring imagery compels him to divide his creative time between diverse cosmopolitan centers from Los Angeles and Miami to Amsterdam and Hamburg, with extensive layovers in New York, London and Paris.
Ward's graphic meditations on his favorite themes, style, fashion and human sexuality, are both groundbreaking and accessible. His work has been published in numerous international popular culture magazines and books, such as MAX, STERN, GQ, LOADED, MEN'S HEALTH and most recently Dutch magazines BLEND, BLVD and LINK. Fashion and portraiture remains an intregal part of Ward's repertoire. TW recently completed his latest assignment for Neiman Marcus, a handbags and shoes catalog.
Ward continues to enhance and redefine his vision while constantly exploring the creative potential of other media as well, from classical hand-crafted collage, video, and the Internet.

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