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Light Table: Cooling Off Summer of 1975

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Posted on June 29, 2016 by Tony Ward

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Light Table: Cooling Off Summer of 1975

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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.

Editor’s Note: To see more of the early photographs by Tony Ward during the 1970’s go here: http://tonyward.com

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Light Table: Portrait of the Day

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Photography and Text by Tony Ward, Copyright 2016

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Light Table: Portrait of the Day

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During the Spring of 1993,  I  tested models for how well they could move for a new series of fashion portraits I produced to present to editors I was working with  in New York during that period. I was heavily committed to black and white film then and  high ISO shooting at the time – which made the stop action effect on the above photo more distinctive. The effect was a direct result of the technical approach I was accustomed to and became known for through most of the nineties.  It was a windy day in Philadelphia, and I had a distinct advantage of working with an experienced dancer, who was cast from a local agency with long hair; while being photographed on the rooftop of my studio. The setting for the shoot proved to be an intriguing  aspect of the photo, which was forever frozen in time. This is part of a body of work entitled, “Portfolio Classics 1993 to 1995”.

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Light Table: Portrait of the Day

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Photography and Text by Tony Ward, Copyright 2016.

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Light Table: Portrait of the Day

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Michelle was one of the models who came through my studio in the early nineties that knew how to make a fashion picture look sexy, in an elegant and classic way.  We made the portrait on the top of my studio on South 6th Street in Philly in the early nineties when I made the transition from corporate work to fashion and erotic photography.  I was heavy into the use of  T-Max film  during those days and rated the already fast film even faster, which yielded a distinctive look to my selenium toned black and white prints.  It was  an intense period of contributing to various national and international print publications. This is one of my favorite photographs from the period.

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Light Table: Fashion Model, 30th St. Station, Philadelphia. 1983

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Photography by Tony Ward, Copyright 1983.

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Light Table: Lonely Man – Budapest, Hungary 1983

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Photography by Tony Ward at the Hotel Astoria, Budapest, Hungary.  Copyright 1983

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