The passion to create and document timeless images is what drives and motivates Tony
Mobley. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Tony’s first photo of memory was that of
his younger sister, Patricia in front of their family home at the tender age of 9 years old.
That portrait still graces the wall in their parents’ home to this day. As fate would have it
he developed a passion for the art of photography so much that one of his most treasured
gifts was a 35mm Minolta film camera from his parents for his high school graduation.
As a self taught photographer, Tony would take pictures with his film camera capturing
family events, friends and his travels while serving in the U.S. Navy. The love of
photography and the desire to create has remained a constant as Tony has a remarkable
ability to capture and captivate those same expressions, moments and personalities
within his photographs. To further hone his skills, Tony studied photography under
Derrel Todd, one of the most renown photographers based in Washington D.C. and has
attended the Leica Akademie photography workshop in Los Angeles, Ca.
His previous work includes covering corporate events, portrait sessions and concert
photography. His recent focus has been on protest and documentary photography with
his work being featured by AT&T, Black Entertainment Network for their "Content for
Change" campaign, The Undefeated/ESPN, Vice News, Vogue and Weedmaps, "Fighters for Change", PSA.
Tony's portrait series, "Surviving Summer" is scheduled to run at the New Mexico Museum of Art in Sante Fe from March to September 2021.
One of his proudest projects was a commissioned assignment to document the 400th
Anniversary of the 1619 Project for the National Park Service in 2019. Tony was also recognized
as one of the Top Ten Veterans in Journalism of 2020 by the Military Veterans in
Journalism and most recently was featured in The Undefeated/ESPN Black Artist Series,
"Redefining Blackness" for his photojournalist work on last year's protests movement.
His goals and aspirations are to one day work creatively with brand development and to
continue to document stories about social justice reform and activism. He was formerly a
resident “house” photographer at the historic Howard Theatre located in Washington D.C.