Self-Portrait With Katie. Copyright 2018

Self-Portrait With Katie. Copyright 2018


Tony Ward Ward began his professional career in 1980 as a corporate photographer for the pharmaceutical giant, Smithkline Corporation. After several years of working in the department of corporate communications for Smithkline, he opened the Tony Ward Studio in 1984, to service a variety of Fortune 500 companies and smaller business entities.

In 1998, TW achieved global notoriety for his first published book on erotic photography, the controversial and highly praised OBSESSIONS. The monograph was followed by four more challenging, innovative and critically acclaimed volumes on eroticism and photography at the turn of the century. Scholars that specialize in the history and aesthetics of photography such as A.D. Coleman, Rick Wester and Reinhold Misselbeck have written illuminating essays that accompanied the artist published works.

Ward’s  photographs have been widely collected, exhibited and syndicated around the world. His unending quest for inspiring subjects, and new projects compels him to divide his creative time between diverse cosmopolitan centers, including: New York, Los Angeles, Miami, London, Paris, Hamburg/Berlin and his beloved Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Tony Ward has been teaching Photography courses at the University of Pennsylvania since the Fall of 2010, and has published the work of his students in the blog section. The daily blog features articles by Tony Ward and guest contributors who are invited to write on a variety of topics including; Art, Architecture, Photography, Fashion,  Erotica, Politics, Science, Travel and Current Events.

Tony Ward’s online Store is currently open. To access the Store, click herehttp://tonyward.com/shopping-cart/


Tony Ward_photography_ logo




1979:  Master of Fine Arts, The Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, New York (Photography)

1977:     Bachelor of Science, Millersville University, Lancaster, Pennsylvania (Art Education)



2017: Persistence of Seduction, Jed Williams Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2005: Come On Glamour Puss, Seraphin Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Best of Erotica, Tony Ward, Powerhouse Gallery, New York City

2004: Tony Ward, Jugendfrei, Galerie Zikesch, Karlsruhe, Germany

Wasteland, William Way Community Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2003: Edgeworks, Aplanat Galerie fuer Fotografie, Hamburg, Germany

2002: Tableaux Vivants, Galerie Zikesch, Karlsruhe, Germany

2000: O: The Other Side, Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Orgasm, Donkersloot Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Orgasm, Les Larmes d’Eros Paris, France

1997: Tableaux Vivants, MBM Gallery, New York City

1996: Close Up, Blue Jay Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

1995: Man and Woman, Sunshine City, Tokyo, Japan

Tony Ward Photographs, Prinz Gallery, Kyoto, Japan

1994: Portrayals, SAP International, North American Headquarters, Philadelphia,

Pennsylvania; Drexel University, Nesbitt Design Arts Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Recent Photographs, Pentimenti Gallery, February 2 to 27, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1991: Color Composites, Millersville University, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

1982: Night Fever, Photogenesis Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico

1981: The Anatomy Lesson, University of Illinois at Urbana, Illinois

House of Prayer, Provident National Bank, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1980: House of Prayer Portraits, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

1979:   Night Fever, Eisenhower University, Seneca Falls, New York




2018:    People, Places And Things. Stanek Gallery, Philadelphia. May 3, 2018 to May 26, 2018

2016:     STAFF: An Exhibition of the University of Pennsylvania’s, Fine Arts Faculty, Philadelphia, Pa. September 1-26

2015:     Reflections: An Exhibition Inspired by Black History month. Santa Bannon Fine Art: February 1 to March 1, 2015, Bethlehem, Pa.

Dirty Show 16: February 12 to 21, 2015. Russell Exhibition Center, Detroit Michigan

2014:    Philadelphia Photographers: 1975 -1985, Santa Bannon Fine Art, October 10 to November 21,  Bethlehem, Pa.

2012:     The Unseen Eye: Photographs from the W.M. Hunt Collection, George Eastman House, Rochester NY.  October 1, 2011 to February 19, 2012.

Mirrors Of The Magic Muse, February 5-28, 2012.  Salle Quai Antoine 1er, Monte Carlo, Monaco

2010:    This Is Not An Invitatiion To Rape Me,  University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA, 2/18 – 3/5/2010

Art Paris,  Grand Palais des Champs-Elysees – Galerie  Pascal Vanhoecke – March 18 to 22, 2010

2008:  Darkside 1, Fotomuseum, Winterthur, 9/6 – 11/16/2008

Women In The Magic Mirror, St. Moritz Art Masters,  Monaco

2006: Negative Exposure, Trinity Art Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.

2005: Self-Exposure, The Male Nude Self-Portrait, Clamp Art, NYC

Sexe et Convenance, Galerie Parisud, Paris France

RIT Philadelphia Connection, Photo West Gallery, Philadelphia

Love Now, Nordtrom’s, US

2004: Day & Night in Black & White: August 6 – 26, Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia

Masters and Mavericks, The Nude, Serephin Gallery, Philadelphia

Durlacher Vernissage, Galerie Zikesch, Karlsruhe, Germany

My Room, Reparte, Genoa, Italy

s-Vestiti ed Usciamo, nudes, Idee in Fabbrica, Bologna, Italy

2003: Tony Ward & Paul Blanca, Art Space Witzenhausen, Amsterdam

2001:     Works on Paper 2001, Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, Pennsylvania

Helmut Newton Photo Exhibition, Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany

Fetish, Galerie am Weldeturm, Schwetzingen, Germany

Propositions, Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2000: Peep Show, Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Democratic Sex, Dr. Susan Block’s Speakeasy Gallery, Los Angeles, California

1999: Art of the Apocalypse, Dr. Susan Block’s Speakeasy Gallery, Los Angeles, California

Wall to Wall Nudes, Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Sexual Evolution, Dr. Susan Block’s Speakeasy Gallery, Los Angeles, California

1996: Open Your Heart, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York City

1995: Group Show, Instituto National de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, Mexico

1993:  Fronts and Backs, Paul Cava Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Portraits of Shoes, John Good Gallery, New York City

1983: Art Institute of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (in association with ASMP)

1980: Northeast Museum Conference, American Association of Museums,

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Afro American Historical & Cultural Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Photo National, The Erie Art Center, Erie, Pennsylvania

1977: The Birmingham Art Alliance, Birmingham, Alabama

1976: Two Person Show, St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania



            Fotomuseum Winterthur, Zurich, Switzerland

            Instituto Cultural Banco Santos, San Paulo, Brazil

            Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany

            Kunsthalle Bremen, Bremen, Germany

            Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany   

            The Eastman Kodak Collection, Rochester, New York

            The Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York                         

            Afro American Historical & Cultural Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

            SAP International, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

            W.M. Hunt, New York, New York

            Amedeo M. Turello Collection, Monte Carlo, Monaco

             Gunter Braus, Heidelberg, Germany

             Pennsylvania Convention Center

             Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania




2009:  Tony Ward, Russian Reporter, Moscow, February 2009. Pgs 66 – 71

2008:  Fuller’s Fine Art Auctions, October 25,  Philadelphia, Pa.

2005:   Schwarzweiss 45: Das Magazin fur Fotografie, Portfolio Pgs 46 – 63

2004: “Erotik,” Men’s Health, Germany, December, pp. 77-82

Taboo – The Edge of Eroticism,” Style Monte Carlo, Monaco, no. 19, winter 2003/04, p. 34

2003: “Fashion,” SPOON, London, Spring and Fall

2002:  “Tableaux Vivants,” Black + White, no. 63, Australia, October, pp. 90-101

“Tableaux Vivants,” Erotic Review, UK, July,  pp. 24, 25

2001: “Tony Ward,” Das Magazin, Berlin, Germany

Photographie, Dusseldorf, Germany, cover and pp. 1–6.

Maximum, Best of Photography, no.1, Hamburg, Germany, p. 93.

1997: “Tony Ward,” Blue, Australia, no. 26, April, pp. 92–99

NU no. 13 “Orgasm, Tony Ward,”  Argenta, Italy, March, pp.69-71

Foto: Tony Ward,” Cupido, Oslo, Norway, March, pp.2–7.

“Tony Ward, Sweet Submission,” Erotica, San Francisco, California,      December, pp. 56–67.

“Tony Ward,” Black+White, Australia, no. 38, August, pp. 90–99.

“Gesprengte Grenzen. Tony Wards aggressive Erotica,” b/w Editionen

August, Munich, Germany.

1999: “Slit with Tit,” Profifoto, Germany, January/February, Cover

1998: “Tony Ward, Interview,” Leg Show, New York City, December, pp. 78–82.

“Galerie der Erotischen Fotografie,” Color Foto, Germany, December, pp.170–179.

“Tony Ward,” fotoMAGAZIN, Munich, Germany, March, pp. 30–33.

“The Annual Eisie Awards,” Life, The Eisie Issue, Collectors Edition, New York City, Spring, p. 119.

“Dark Portraits,” fotoMAGAZIN, Germany, March, pp. 30–33.

1997: “Nackte Wahrheiten,” Männer Vogue, Munich, Germany, September, pp. 116-121.

“VAMP – Andrea Suwa,” MAX, Germany, April, pp. 104-112.

“Sinn und Sinnlichkeit,” Werben & Verkaufen, Germany, April, pp.140-143.

“Vision,” Color Photo, Germany, April, pp. 6–14.

“A Kiss Is More Than A Kiss,” PDN (Photo District News), New York City, March, pp. 74–75.

1996: “Art vs. Commerce,” Peterson’s Photographic magazine, New York City, December, pp. 46–50.

“Tony Ward,” Penthouse, New York City, September, pp.112–125.

“Portfolio: Tony Ward,” Photographie, Dusseldorf, Germany, April, pp. 58–63.

“Tony Ward: Tableaux Vivants,” Profifoto, Germany, January/February, pp. 46–51.

“The Best of Kisses,” American Photo, New York City, January/February, pp. 90 and 93.

1995: “The Many Faces of Tony Ward,” Novum Gebrauchsgraphik, Stuttgart,   Germany, November, pp. 58–63.

“Tony Ward, Supreme Supreme,” Studio Voice, Tokyo, Japan, August, pp. 54–59.

“Tony Ward,” Commercial Photo, Tokyo, Japan, July, pp. 39–47.

“Tony Ward, Erotica’s Shooting Star,” Photo Technique International, Munich, Germany, May/June

1994: “Erotic Endeavor Up Close and Personal,” American Photo, New York City, November/December, p. 28.

“Master of the Erotic,” Philadelphia Magazine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December, pp. 106–112.

“ZH&ART Tony Ward,” Max, Hamburg, Germany, September, pp. 119–127.

1979: Photographer’s Forum: Glen Serbin – Editor/Publisher




2007: Calendar Boy, City Paper, Philadelphia, PA. February 21st 2007, By Ashlea Halpern

2006: Tony Ward Portfolio, German Penthouse, Munich Germany, December 2006

2005: Sexe et Convenance, Galerie Parisud, Paris France Interconnexion, November 2005, p18-19

Katherine Nguyen, “Risque Reading,” Picture Magazine, New York, July/August, pp. 38-39

“Consenual Art,” The British Journal of Photography, London, September, pp. 18-21

Todd Davis Schwartz, “Best of Erotica,” The Paul Mitchell Show, CBS Radio

“Fesch, Sexy, Schrill,” Tony Ward, Schwarzweiss 45, April/May, pp. 46-53

2002: Brian K. Bergen-Aurand, “Tableaux Vivants,” Libido.com, Review Gallery.

Tony Mitchell, “Tableaux Vivants,” Skin Two, London, autumn, p. 87.

A.D. Amorosi, “In Person,” The Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine, July 21.  Page  191

Sex in the City, Das Magazin, Berlin, February pp. 56-61.

2001: George Pitts, “Eros in Evidence,” VIBE, New York City, February, pp. 54–55.

2000: Tony Ward,” Must Be Mad, Paris, no. 6, pp. 105–111.

“Orgasm,” NU, Argenta, Italy, no. 9, Autumn, pp. 69–71.

Tony Mitchell, “Orgasm,” Skin Two, London, no. 3, autumn, p. 24.

“Orgasm,” AVN, USA, September, p. 192.

Morizen Foche, “Orgasm,” Erotica, San Francisco, CA, summer, p. 18.

“Orgasm,” Nerve, New York City, August/September, p. 31.

John Grant, “Above the Neck—O: The Other Side,” City Paper, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May.

Holly Mack-Ward, “The Big O,” Philadelphia Weekly, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May.

A.D. Amorosi “First Person – Tony Ward”  Philadelphia Style Magazine, Fall 2000

1999: Obsessions,The Erotic Review, London, February, p. 37.

1998: Obsessions, Skin Two, London, no. 28, p.18.

Obsessions Shutterbug, USA,  By Bob Shell, December, p. 115.

Obsessions, Libido, USA, winter, pp. 98 and 99.

Obsessions, Max, Hamburg, Germany, August, pp. 90–100.

Obsessions, The Sante Fe Monthly Magazine, The Erotic Image: Sex and Photography Pg. 15

1996: Paul Benson, “Art vs. Commerce”,Peterson’s Photographic, December 1996   

1995:  Hans Eberhard Hess, “Shooting Stars,” Photo Technique International,    Germany, May/June, p. 3.

1994:  Sydney Grant, “Steam Great—Sensual Photos by Tony Ward,” Art Matters, Phila., PA, February, p. 12.

1990: Millersville Review, Tony Ward Photographs 1979 – 1989, Sykes Gallery




2010      Wasteland,  La Musardine: Editions Alixe

2004 Best of Erotica, Heidelberg, Germany, www.6 x 6. com

2002 Orgasm XL. Paris: Editions Alixe           

Tableaux Vivants. Zurich/New York: Editions Stemmle

2000     Orgasm. Paris: Editions Alixe.

1998 Obsessions. Zurich/New York: Edition Stemmle.



2011     The Unseen Eye: Photographs from the Unconscious,   Publisher: Aperture  – Author: W.M. Hunt

2008 Vibrant Energy: Black Men. Revealed, Tree of Life Press, Portland Oregon.

Darkside 1, Fotomuseum, Winterthur, Publisher, Steidl Editions

2004 PEEP. Australia: Black + White Books.

Deep Blue, Australia, Blue Books.

SEX. Australia: Black + White Books.

2002 Sex. Take a Walk on the Wild Side. London: Carlton Books.         

Blondes. London: Carlton Books.

2001 Male Nude Now. New York: Universe.

The Mammoth Book of Illustrated Erotica. New York: Carroll & Graf

Femmes. London: Carlton Books.

Love  Lust  Desire. London: Carlton Books.

2000  Nerve: The New Nude. San Francisco: Chronicle Books.

Venus. London: Carlton Books.




2009: Yuhmm.com, Interview posted, June 7th, 2009. Title A Brand Apart.

2005:   Stern.de, “Ich bekomme immer meinen Schuss!” January 24th
Tony Ward, Met-Art.com

Sex and Fashion, lovechess.nl/artoflove

Unlimited, Nerve.com

Tony Ward, Stern.de

2004: Undressed, Nerve.com

Sexcetera #51, Playboy Entertainment Group, Los Angeles, California

2002:  SEX TV, Toronto, Canada

Art or Pornography, Philly Live, WYBE, Philadelphia, 1998

Sexual Visionary, Tableaux Vivants, Salon.com, May

2001: Scene Stealers, Nerve.com

2000: Oh My Goth, Nerve.com

Orgasm, Nerve.com

Tony Ward, Liebe Sünde, Pro 7, Germany

Tony Ward, Brisant, ARD, Germany

Tony Ward, RTL 2, Germany

Tony Ward, TVA, Amsterdam, Holland

Interview, Radio Nova, Paris, France

1999: Tony Ward, RTL 2, Germany

The Naked and The Nude, Radio Times, WHYY-FM, USA

1998: Lead Awards 98, Erotic Photograph of the Year, “Slit with Tit,” from Obsessions. Zurich/NY: Editions Stemmle

Tony Ward Plunges Glamour into Porn: Nerve.com

1994: Tony Ward, Larry Kane’s Bulletin, NBC, USA




2010 to Present: Adjunct Professor of Photography – the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.

Special Honors:

Fall 2011:        Preceptorial: Erotic Photography in Europe – UPenn

Spring 2012 :  The Philo Project: Photographs of members of the Philomaethean Society of  UPenn

Fall 2013:        Preceptorial: The Crossings of Photography & Fashion – UPenn



1996    TonyWard.com

2009    TonyWardStudio.com

2015    TonyWardErotica.com



Phone: 001-267-475-0828

E-Mail: Tony@TonyWard.com


Click here to access Early Work galleryhttp://tonyward.com/early-work/