Tony 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 erotic 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.
TW has been teaching Photography courses at the prestigious University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design since the Fall of 2010. The Club Level membership offers access to the artists entire erotic collection beginning in the early 1990’s to present.
Box Level members gain access to Club Level galleries, and also behind the scenes video footage of various shoots, adult films, lectures at the University of Pennsylvania, television clips and interviews. Executive Level membership offers all of the above, and in addition; the Executive Level member can order a poster from the Store as part of the membership fee.
Tony Ward Erotica’s online Store is currently offering: T-Shirts, Tank Tops and Posters for sale inspired by the artists vast photography collection.
Tony Ward Lecturing at the University of Pennsylvania
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
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,
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
ARTICLES AND REVIEWS
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
BOOKS BY TONY WARD
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.
BOOKS INCLUDING WORK BY TONY WARD
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.
OTHER MEDIA AND AWARDS
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
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
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.
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