The eldest son of two Korean-born doctors, Tony nearly took a medical path himself, studying biophysics at Brown University and taking a year of medical school at Tulane. While doing lab work one day, Tony found himself more fascinated by his lab slides’ vibrant colors and contrasts than by their biological events. Today his work reflects this unique background: a scientific reverence for the essential elements of light, form, scale and composition combined with a playful yet daring joy in movement, energy and life.
Tony has contributed to publications such as L'uomo Vogue, British Harper's Bazaar, Wonderland, GQ UK, Vogue Nippon and Vogue Korea and has collaborated with clients such as Bergdorf Goodman, Theory, Shiseido, Lacoste, NARS, Maybelline NY and Amore Pacific. His celebrity photographic portfolio includes work with Elisabeth Moss, Elizabeth Olson, Priyanka Chopra, Dan Stevens, Richard Madden, Chloe Sevigny, Isabel Lucas, Derek Jeter, Liv Tyler and Amy Adams, among many others.
Tony is directing and producing short films through TurnKey Pictures, a media company he co-founded with screenwriter/producer Loie Maxwell. His latest short fashion film "Alter Ego" which he wrote and directed was nominated in 4 categories (Best Cinematography, Best Music, Best Wardrobe and Best Art Direction) at the 2018 La Jolla Fashion Film Festival . TurnKey Pictures currently has 1 film script in development and 1 film script in pre-production.
Tony is based in New York. He is a 25-year survivor of Hodgkin’s lymphoma and donates a portion of his studio proceeds to cancer research.