DonleyWorks! / Thomas Donley - Photography

I’ve been a New York City based photographer for over 20 years, shooting people in many different environments - from Madison Square Garden and film sets in Vancouver, B.C. to a wide range of corporate work, events, product launches and portraits.  I’ve done assignment work for publications including The New York Times, Time Out NY and Life Magazine online.

I grew up with actors as parents and was on the stage myself at an early age.  I came to understand that as an actor, being in the moment, being present and aware was everything.  I discovered over the years, as a young photographer and later shooting on deadline for major publications and corporations, just how paramount being in the moment is to creating good photography.   

Seeing that instant when people’s character and true spirit emerges within a group dynamic or while creating a portrait, is the first aspect of being present.  Actually capturing that moment as it happens, this is the fundamental work to be done. And, when a photo can reverberate within the viewer, as if they were there instead of me, this thrills me to no end and why I love photography!


Thomas Donley has a B.A. in film and theater from Sarah Lawrence College. He has been a member of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) since 2002, and has been serving on the Board of the New York Chapter of ASMP, as Membership Chair from 2009-2015 and now serving as President since 2015.

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                                                                                    (photo of Thomas Donley by Rod Goodman)

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