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Portrait of the Day: Peter Noth

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Peter Noth: Actor

Photography by Tony Ward, Copyright 2017

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To access additional portraits from this series of black & white close ups, go here: http://tonyward.com/early-work/close-ups-1990s/

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Diary: My First Shoot With Alice

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Alice Chaillou: Paris

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Photography and Text by Tony Ward, Copyright 2017
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DIARY: MY FIRST SHOOT WITH ALICE

Like many of the people we meet on social media we sometimes wonder if we will ever get a chance to meet our newly discovered cyber friends. Alice and I became acquainted on Facebook in the fall of 2014. Our communications took place over a period of several months. I mentioned in one of the correspondences that I was planning a visit to Paris to meet with my dealer, Pascal Vanhoecke who was storing a portfolio of prints at his gallery in Cachan. Alice and I looked forward to meeting in person, and so we arranged a photo shoot at the Alba Opera Hotel in the heart of Paris, where she was working as a receptionist. Alice’s friendship with the hotel’s owner enabled her to book a quaint room for me to stay in overlooking the old cobblestoned street in front of the hotel where Louis Armstrong lived for a year early in his career.

In anticipation of my visit, the accomodating hotel owner sectioned off a part of the hotel’s ground floor for us to photograph in. The full series of pictures from Alice at the Alba Opera Hotel can be seen exclusively by membership . To become a Club, Box or Executive member of TWE, sign up here: http://tonywarderotica.com/category/membership-account/

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To access additional diary entries, go here: http://tonywarderotica.com/diary-devils-bridge/

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Diary: Devil’s Bridge

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Devil’s Bridge

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Photography and Text by Tony Ward, Copyright 2017

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DEVIL’S BRIDGE

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When I first met Mia she looked like any normal young woman visiting my studio on a go see.  A little on the thin side, but not unlike many of the models I had photographed previously who were suffering from anorexia, an  eating disorder prevalent in the modeling industry.  It wasn’t until I noticed the scars and the track marks along both arms  that made for a much different picture that was originally intended.  Her deplorable condition immediately made me reflect on the temptations we are often faced with in life that challenge our reasoning,  the choices we make between  good and evil, which often shapes our destiny.  

Mia’s heroin addiction progressed to the point where the usual veins in her arms that fed her habit had recently collapsed, and  her emaciated frame began to show the signs of failing health.  Yet, despite all of the danger signs, she remained defiant and unfazed, as she proceeded to utilize a mirror in order to properly steer the needle containing the devil’s drug  into her bloodstream for a momentary,  yet deadly high. 

 I had never witnessed  a person shooting heroin before and for this sitting she agreed to repeat the scenario in the form of this picture.  Two additional models were cast  to represent good and evil, a symbol of the choices that we make in life of which in Mia’s case the latter prevailed.  

To view more pictures from the book of Tableaux Vivants, go herehttp://tonyward.com/early-work/tableaux-vivants-1993-2000/

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TWS: Cover Shoot, April 2017

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TWS Cover Shoot April 2017

 

 

Photography: Tony Ward, Copyright 2017

Model: Summer Thompkins

Featuring: K. Vaughn Scarves

Makeup: Emily Dimant

Assistant: Anthony Colagreco

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TWS: Cover Shoot, April 2017

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Milt Ward: The Alphabet Series

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Milt_Ward_graphic_paintings_family_legacy_project_acrylic_africa_american_artist_designer_modernist_alphabet_lower_case_bold Milt Ward: The Alphabet Series     Milt Ward was born on July 30th, 1917 in Savannah, Georgia. As a teenager Milt was intrigued by the signage that appeared on various shop windows during his youth. He was particularly intrigued by point of purchase displays that were used to market and sell merchandize by shop owners in his neighborhood, and began to practice the art of hand lettering that would later become his vocation and specialty as a graphic artist.  As a young man he moved from the segregated South in search of more freedom and opportunities to explore his interest in art and settled in Philadelphia with his mother, Eva and younger brother Bennie. The young artist with steady hand enrolled in drawing classes at the Fleisher School of Art in South Philadelphia and  was one of the first African Americans to join the Philadelphia Art Directors club where he met like minded artists and life long friends including the distinguished watercolorist, Michael P. Rocco. For most of his career Milt was employed by the Diversified Marketing Group in Philadelphia, and he also freelanced for the Mel Richman Advertising Group in Bala Cynywd, Pa. Milt Ward passed away on October 31, 2003 at the age of 86. The Alphabet Series was produced between 1989 and 1993.  .  To access more paintings from The Alphabet Series, go here: http://tonywardstudio.com/gallery/milt-ward-painter/

Milt Ward: The Alphabet Series

 

Milt Ward was born on July 30th, 1917 in Savannah, Georgia. As a teenager Milt was intrigued by the signage that appeared on various shop windows during his youth. He was particularly intrigued by point of purchase displays that were used to market and sell merchandize by shop owners in his neighborhood, and began to practice the art of hand lettering that would later become his vocation and specialty as a graphic artist.  As a young man he moved from the segregated South in search of more freedom and opportunities to explore his interest in art and settled in Philadelphia with his mother, Eva and younger brother Bennie. The young artist with steady hand enrolled in drawing classes at the Fleisher School of Art in South Philadelphia and  was one of the first African Americans to join the Philadelphia Art Directors club where he met like minded artists and life long friends including the distinguished watercolorist, Michael P. Rocco. For most of his career Milt was employed by the Diversified Marketing Group in Philadelphia, and he also freelanced for the Mel Richman Advertising Group in Bala Cynywd, Pa. Milt Ward passed away on October 31, 2003 at the age of 86. The Alphabet Series was produced between 1989 and 1993.

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To access more paintings from The Alphabet Series, go herehttp://tonywardstudio.com/gallery/milt-ward-painter/

 

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