Tony Mobley

Documentary & Portrait Photographer

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 renowned 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.

Location: Washington, D.C, United State

Military Branch: U.S.Navy