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Featured Pro Photographer: Tony Gale


Tony Gale

Biography

You could say that award-winning photographer Tony Gale truly immerses himself in his work. Heck, in life! He shoots for clients such as Bank of America, McGraw Hill, Phoenix House, State Farm and Foundation for the National Archives (among many others). He teaches his craft at Parsons The New School for Design. And he runs at least four miles a day.

Add these honors to the list: board member of American Photographic Artists New York Chapter, photographic judge for Rangefinder Magazine, technical editor for Focal Press, and workshop instructor.

Some Interesting People is the name of the blog he curates. It's an evolving collection of words and images. The simple beauty of Tony's project is that it vividly highlights how lots of folks – famous and not-at-all-famous – are really interesting when you capture them with a respectful eye.

We asked Tony where he gets his inspiration and what projects are keeping him engaged. His answers are really interesting.

Photographer Q & A


A key part of your biography is that you visited Bruce Lee's grave at the age of 19 with your disposable camera. What was the attraction to Bruce Lee?

I just thought Bruce Lee was very cool, with all that he accomplished in such a short time, and the huge influence he had. He really was an icon.

Your portraits are incredibly vivid and colorful – how would you describe your photographic style?

I would call them natural portraits. I always try and put people at ease and allow their natural personality to shine through. A part of that is photographing them in a place that fits and makes sense for that person.

Tell us what you like about teaching at Parsons.

I really enjoy when I am teaching a concept that can be a bit difficult to understand – flash duration for example – and you can see the students really start to understand it. It's extremely gratifying. It's also just nice to make a positive impact; I have students contacting me with questions years after I have taught them, and I welcome that.

How does your design school curriculum differ from one of your workshops?

The class I teach at Parsons is a very structured lighting class building from available light to more advanced concepts and tools. The workshops are typically to teach people to be photo assistants. It's a weekend workshop which covers in a broad way what you need to know to be a photo assistant.

What inspired you to start Interesting People blog project?

It started in part because there are so many interesting people in the world that never get noticed. We all know somebody who is doing something cool. It took a while to figure out the structure, and it was someone from Mediabistro who suggested doing it as a blog.

What photography project or assignment has been most meaningful for you and why?

All the work I have done for Phoenix House has been very meaningful to me. I have had relatives who have had substance abuse problems and seeing what an organization that cares can do to help is very powerful. More recently I have been involved with Race2Rebuild, a charity racing team raising money to help people rebuild after Hurricane Irene.

Do you have a new photo toy you can't live without?

I really love my new Sony RX100. It's the point and shoot I have been waiting 12 years for someone to make.

What do you like about your Lowepro bag(s)?

I love my Pro Runner x450 AW because I can put everything I need in it – sometimes including a monolight – and easily get around NYC. With both wheels and backpack straps, it really is a fantastic bag. I love my Flipside Sport AW for quick and easy getting around on the go. On a recent trip to Hawaii it was the perfect bag; it was big enough to carry what I needed without being too bulky. When you are hiking up muddy trails you want something that is comfortable and compact. It is perfect for that!

You can see Some Interesting People and even nominate someone for consideration. View Tony's web site for his featured images, client list and accolades. And keep up with his newest work, adventures, workshops and collaborations on his other blog, A Missive. Enjoy!


Featured Pro Photographer: Tony Gale

Story Links


Tony Gale
Interesting People Project
www.tonygale.com
amissive.com


Featured Pro Photographer: Tony Gale

You can see Some Interesting People and even nominate someone for consideration. View Tony's web site for his featured images, client list and accolades. And keep up with his newest work, adventures, workshops and collaborations on his other blog, A Missive. Enjoy!



Featured Pro Photographer: Tony Gale
Featured Pro Photographer: Tony Gale
Featured Pro Photographer: Tony Gale
Featured Pro Photographer: Tony Gale
Featured Pro Photographer: Tony Gale

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