Category Archives: Portraiture

Picture of the Day: A Chance Meeting With J Alexander



Center of Attention: New York 1995



Photography and Text by Tony Ward, Copyright 2017




I first met J Alexander at Elite Model Agency in Paris in the Spring of 1994 during one of my many visits to Paris during that time period.  While I was waiting in the lobby of the agency to meet with a booker to arrange test shoots with models, J walked in wearing all black. He happened to be visiting the agency at the same time and we struck up a conversation while waiting for our appointments.  I had a sampling of my work with me and he glanced over my shoulder to gaze and offered a few compliments about the pictures.  I was already familiar with his work as a model trainer, as he was already appearing on various fashion related television programs in the states, so I recognized him right away.

We exchanged contact information and a few days later he invited me to his apartment in Les Halles  where we had lunch to further discuss the fashion business and how we might collaborate in some way.   J. mentioned that he would be in the states relatively soon,  so we agreed to meet up again once he arrived state side.  During one of his trips to New York, I invited him down to Philly to train a few models from one of the Philly agencies I was working with.  It was the first time that I saw J. work with an aspiring cat walker and I was quite impressed with his grace and delicacy in handling fragile model egos.

While I was working on the production of the book of Tableaux Vivants, I asked J. to model in a scene to be staged at a friend’s apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.  The title of the picture is “Center of Attention”.


To see more pictures from the book of Tableaux Vivants, go here



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Mikel Elam: Painting of the Day


Title: Nine Eight One Two

Painting of the Day:

Artist: Mikel Elam

Mixed Medium on Canvas

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TWS: Portrait of the Day


Dyana With Melting Clock Hat

Photography and Text by Tony Ward, Copyright 2017


 Upenn: Photography & Fashion – Highlights


Dyana sat quietly in the back of the class listening intently as the students were engaged in a conversation with Heidi Lee, the remarkably talented hat designer from New York City.  Heidi made the short train ride from New York City to Philadelphia’s 30th St. Station during an evening when it was raining sideways and unseasonably cold.  Undeterred, Ms. Lee began to unpack one by one her artful pieces of handmade millinery that brought her talents into the news and the New York spot lights.  Dyana like the other models that attended the session at the University of Pennsylvania’s Photography & Fashion class was eager to model the unusually designed millinery pieces. 

After Heidi Lee gave her talk about the evolution of her work and her having been honored by a highly bestowed millinery award from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the class broke into groups to photograph models from Main Line Models & Talent, a Philadelphia based agency, wearing the artists masterpieces.  I made this portrait of Dyana as part of lighting demo for the session.


Editor’s Note: Next Photography & Fashion class at the University of  Pennsylvania is being offered in the Fall of 2017.

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Hong Li: Every Cool Kid Will Grow Up


Photography, Interview and Text by Hong Li, Copyright 2016



– What Does Graduate School Give Us?


Rachael is a sophomore student at Drexel University. She is beautiful, young and energetic.

Nothing will beat her until she gives up, well, at least she thinks so. She hates that when people

looking at her and judge her without getting knowing her; She hates that when people

behavioring fool. She is an activist in many ways.

She loves making up, lipsticks are her true loves. She loves tattoos, smoking, and skateboarding.

She expresses her emotion in a quite simple and straightforward way, however sometimes her

expressions are a little too dramatic, which might sometimes dive people crazy, said her


In all, she is a cool girl, both in her friends’ views and herself. But she has an academic goal that

seems very contradict with her characteristic, she has been thinking of getting into Upenn since

she was a freshman. What the life would be in graduate school? Especially in a school that

many people speak highly of. Would it make me even cooler? These are her guesses.

Coral is in her second semester of her Master’s study at PennDesign, she has been suffered a

lot from the study. She doesn’t have time for anything other than study. She said she’s been

trapped in the studio since she got here and almost lost her normal life.

Nowadays, she is already used to life in a simple and easy way. There is less argue, less

annoyance in her life, yet more silence and privacy. When she is free she tends to watch a

movie herself instead hanging out with friends, when she needs to relive her stress she would

go for a bubble bath, etc.

She can feel the micro transformation from youth to grown happening slowly in herself every

day. Recently, she prefers to hide her negative feelings under her peace face because she thinks

everybody is being busy and no one would like to see a lady with a sad face; also, because she is

an adult. As she mentioned, she would only show her nervousness, weakness, ecstasy, even

love, to those people that she is familiar with.

Sometimes pieces of old memories will still come back into Coral’s head, that long time ago, she

was also a girl with strong personality, she was always eager for express, she was stubborn, she

hurt the boy she loved badly, she was unique, she was wired, and she was once a cool kid…



About The Author: Hong Li is a graduate student enrolled in the School of Landscape Architecture, University of Pennsylvania.

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Megan G: Frederick’s of Hollywood






Megan G: Frederick’s of Hollywood, Copyright 2017



Fredericks of Hollywood…the words bring back fond memories of when I first encountered the brand.  I must have been 15 years old.  Shopping with my mom and some girlfriends at the mall.  We passed the store and my head turned.  I was drawn to the lace, colors and mystery of the items in the window.  My mom was a very straight-laced type of woman and wanting to bestow her only daughter with the best morals, I was shooed away from the store when I asked what it was all about.  That endeavor only peeked my interests and I aimed to get back to that store the first chance I could get.  I spent only a few minutes in the store the first time I could escape an adult long enough to get a glimpse.  Years later I ordered a catalog in my mom’s name.  I would rush home from school to intercept the catalogues so that I could save up and order a few things.  I was hooked.  My lifelong fetish.  There is something perfectly naughty about enjoying sexy lingerie.  It makes a girl feel desired on a whole new level…seduction, power.  Wear something from Fredericks and instantly, I am ready. A Sundae has hot fudge, whipped cream and a cherry.  I would pick that over a scoop of vanilla any day.  My advice, present him with a decadent treat.  You won’t be disappointed.


Photography by Tony Ward, Copyright 2017


Model: Megan G


Agency: Main Line Models & Talent


Makeup: Emily Dimant


Photographer’s Assistant: Anthony Colagreco

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