“He has carved out a distinctive style in an age where everyone seems to believe they can be photographers. He brings the pages of every publication he shoots for to life. He is a brave photographer not afraid to push directors and the talent. To say that Tony Kelly is one of a kind is an understatement.”
Creative Director, British GQ and GQ Style magazine
“When you need colour, irony and humor, he is the first name that comes to mind. Think big, think Tony Kelly!”
Art Director, Vanity Fair, Italy
“Kelly’s images have the kind of crystalline shiny sexiness that you almost want to lick off the page.”
Fashion Editor, Sunday Independent
A riot of colour, a lick of gloss and a touch of irony – welcome to the sunshine-filled, palmtree-lined world of Tony Kelly.
Born in Dublin in 1975, Tony worked as a photojournalist before breaking into fashion photography. He worked and lived in Barcelona until he moved to Los Angeles where he honed his signature style that is evocative, provocative and instantly recognisable.
Today he is often described as a visual storyteller who implicitly understands the craft of subtext. His photographs seduce the viewer beyond first glance, inviting them to peel back the glossy veneer and discover work that challenges stereotypes, reverses roles and confronts taboos.
Tony Kelly productions are renowned for their theatricality and spontaneity. His natural enthusiasm persuades celebrities to step out of their comfort zone, while his high-octane pace allows him to negotiate extravagant sets and imaginative tableaus.
The fine art and fashion photographer’s work has appeared in Vanity Fair, Vogue, GQ, Glamour and Cosmopolitan, as well as international campaigns for luxury brands including Custo Barcelona, American Apparel, Steve Madden, Inditex, BMW and Mini.
His first photo book, TONY’S TOYS, was limited to 1,000 copies and sold exclusively in Marc Jacobs stores. His second book, which will be published by teNeues, is currently in production.