Tony Kelly was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1975. Tony rise from the ranks as a photojournalist capturing the bourgeoning celebrity culture and ideology that aroused in a city gladly embracing new captured privilege.
He started working with Independent Newspaper Group and spent his early years covering the darker stories of his time such as the civil war in Rwanda and the war in Afghanistan. After spending eight years of covering conflict, Tony moved his focus to fashion.
His sense of place acts as a constant stimulus. Shot in the open-air, bathed in golden tones, his work exudes vitality and explosions of vibrant colour. The rich surface-palate masks an often darkly humorous commentary on the ideals of beauty, celebrity and art.
Tony Kelly’s fashion photography trademarks are dynamism, sex, relationships, boundaries that are transgressed, beautiful men, beautiful women, ugly emotions, ecstasy, ferocious colour, darkest black and total dedication to the integrity of the shoot.
Spontaneity capturing a moment in time – and out there voyeurism are key aspects to his work. His natural enthusiasm persuades his subjects to step out of their comfort zone, while his high-octane pace allows him to negotiate extravagant sets and imaginative tableaus. It’s juicy and exuberant and perfectly suited to the contemporary publications and progressive high-end galleries that exhibit his work.