Tony Kelly (b. 1975) is a fine art and fashion photographer and director. He began his career as a photojournalist, documenting Dublin’s developing cultural scene, before moving to Barcelona in search of sunshine and blue skies. There, he learned to embrace his inner “street voyeur,” growing a signature style that has been compared to Helmut Newton. While travelling the globe and working for newspapers such as The Independent and News International, he made a name for himself thanks to his unique take on the daily and cultural lives of the places he visited. He also worked on advertising campaigns with international brands such as Louis Vuitton, BMW, and the television network TNT, for which he won a Clio award.
“Photographic provocateur Tony Kelly’s iconic images pose strikingly seductive plays on powerhouse politics and celebrity culture enrobed in a kitschy, hyper-realistic aesthetic. His lustrous, kaleidoscopic images weave a visual narrative filled with neon pop-surrealism that prominently populates his thought-provoking portfolio.” Kelly’s iconic photographs play on powerhouse politics and celebrity culture, his hyper-realistic imagery is both seductive and kitschy.
His lustrous, kaleidoscopic images weave a visual narrative filled with neon pop-surrealism that prominently populates his thought-provoking portfolio. As a cultural clairvoyant, Kelly’s formidable strength as a satirical storyteller is singular and it’s underscored by award-winning reams of rare and riotous releases. Fluent in the vitality of visual language, Kelly incorporates engaging artistic energy with a license to twist. Gravity-defying, glitter-flecked, and ground-breaking – welcome to the satirically, sunshine-drenched, palm tree-filled world of Tony Kelly.