Ward began his professional career in 1980 as a corporate photographer for pharmaceutical giant Smithkline corporation. In 1984, Ward opened the Tony Ward Studio to service the visual needs of a variety of Fortune 500 companies.
In 1998, he achieved global notoriety for his first published book on erotic photography, the controversial and highly acclaimed "OBSESSIONS", Editions Stemmle, Zurich, Switzerland. Four more challenging published monographs were to follow, attracting scholars and critics specializing in the history and aesthetics of photography. A.D. Coleman, Rick Wester and Reinhold Misselbeck have written illuminating essays to accompany Ward's published books.
His fine art photographs are widely collected, exhibited and syndicated for publication around the world. Editorials about Ward's work have been published in numerous international popular culture magazines, books, television and the internet. A partial list of media outlets includes Stern, Max, Playboy, Salon.com, Nerve.com, Penthouse, GQ, Men's Health, Cosmopolitan, Loaded, Vibe, Style Monte Carlo, and dutch avant-garde publications, Blend, Blvd and Link. He has also appeared on numerous international television programs including; Playboy TV, RTL TV Germany and TVA television Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Permanent collections: Fotomuseum Winterthur, Zurich, Switzerland, Instituto Cultural Banco Santos, San Paulo, Brazil, Museum fur Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany. The Eastman Kodak Company.
Courtesy of the University of Pennsylvania, School of Design.
Clockwork Orange Redux, Amsterdam
Tony Ward, Clockwork Orange Redux, Amsterdam, 2004, Digital print, 33 1/2" x 45 1/2"
Handcuffed Nude, Philadelphia
Tony Ward, Handcuffed Nude, Philadelphia, 1996, Gelatin silver print mounted on aluminum, 60" x 40"