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Diary: Hannah & Heidi


Photography and Text by Tony Ward, Copyright 2018




I first met Hannah through the gentlemen’s club scene in Philadelphia during the late 1990’s. She was a popular adult entertainer with an exotic look and a charming demure personality.  I was shooting material at the time for a company online called MET who catered to an audience that liked soft delicate romantic pictures of young women who were natural beauties. No cosmetic surgery allowed for any model submission to the publication . Hannah was a perfect casting for MET. The bonus surprise on the day of the shoot was her childhood friend, Heidi also wanted to be photographed with Hannah, but not totally nude.  It was a typical hot and humid day in Philly that August, so I suggested to Hannah; that she take a shower conveniently located on the grounds of the property that served as a backdrop for the series.


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Exhibition Announcement: Tableaux Vivants 1993 to 2000


Opening Reception: December 16, 2017

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Light Table: The Philo Project


Jennie: The Philo Project



Photography and Text by Tony Ward, Copyright 2017




During my second year of teaching Photography classes at the University of Pennsylvania in 2012, I was asked by members of  the universities Philomathean Society to lecture about my involvement in erotic photography. Founded in 1813, Philo is a student run literary society located atop College Hall in the heart of campus life.  A small group of  Philo members asked me to be photograph them in the nude as part of their learning experience regarding  this controversial genre of photographic history. The photographs were taken in the halls of the society where traditional adornments contributed to the classically composed imagery. Photographs from the series are now part of the societies records and notes.



Paul: The Philo Project



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Light Table: Picture of the Day


Photography by Tony Ward for Neiman Marcus


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Light Table: Cooling Off Summer of 1975


Posted on June 29, 2016 by Tony Ward


Light Table: Cooling Off Summer of 1975


It was the summer of 1975.  I was a sophomore in college. During my studies I fell in love with the medium of photography. It would become a lifelong passion that led to a career as a professional photographer and more recently as an educator of the medium. I’ve been teaching in the Photography department at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design, since 2010.  

During the 1970’s, I always had my Nikon F2 on me ready for an opportunity to shoot in black and white, so that I could enjoy the immediacy of being able to develop the film myself in any light tight – dark place – that I could find.  During one of my  photographic sojourns I came across this street image of teenagers playing near the Roosevelt Blvd, in my hometown of Philadelphia.  I suppose I possessed the confrontational skills needed to get such an arresting shot of young men allowing me to photograph them while they were illegally playing at a fire hydrant.  The photograph captured a happy  time to be alive on a hot and humid day in Philadelphia.

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