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 - a joie de vivre.
Tony has contributed to some of the worlds most esteemed publications. He has been a contributor to Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, W magazine and collaborated with several global luxury brands. Tony has also photographed actors and celebrities including Elisabeth Moss, Elizabeth Olson, Liv Tyler, Amy Adams, Dan Stevens and Richard Madden among many others.
Complementing his photographic career, Tony is a film director and partner in TurnKey Pictures, a media company he co-founded with screenwriter/producer Loie Maxwell. Together they develop and produce scripted content that are written to be serialized or turned into features, focusing on glamorous yet disturbed cultures that transcend time and place.
Tony is a survivor of Hodgkin’s lymphoma and donates a portion of his studio proceeds to cancer research.