100cameras Supporter Feature: Tony Cicero

Meet Tony, photographer and supporter of 100cameras. Tony has generously pledged to donate a portion of his photography sales proceeds to the 100cameras mission. We sat down with Tony to talk beginnings, inspiration and how he feels about teaching young kids the art of photo.

Q: How did you first become involved with photography?

A: I was introduced to photography at a young age, at approximately eight years old. My older brother was a photographer who worked at Kodak as a chemical engineer. Through this I was immersed in the world of cameras, different film types, photo papers and the full darkroom developing process. I still have my very first Kodak Hawkeye Pocket C110 Instamatic.

Q: Sounds like it was meant to be! What does storytelling mean to you?

A: To me storytelling is the ability to communicate directly to anyone who views my photos my interpretation of what happened or even what may have happened. I always try to portray an obvious story in my photos and some piece of mystery.

Q: In your opinion, what is the most powerful or intriguing part of telling your story through photography?

A: The most powerful aspect of storytelling for me with my camera is that I like to leave the viewer with a thought of what I was thinking when I snapped the shutter. I try to somehow convey my views in the photo through composition, lighting and various points of views and angles.

Q: Why do you identify with the 100cameras mission?

A: It is very important to gives children the tools and a platform to share their photos with the world because without this chance, many kids would not ever discover the talents they possess. I was lucky enough to have such tools and found that this make all the difference in building your confidence when you are just starting out.

Q: How did you learn about 100cameras? 

A: I discovered 100cameras.org while searching for charities that teach photography to children. This was an area that I had some interest in for quite some time and once I found the 100cameras.org site; I was convinced this was just the type of organization I wanted to be a part of.

Q: Anything else our audience should know?

A: I just want everyone to know that I really enjoy taking photos and I hope that they make a change in someone’s life.

We do, too! Check out Tony's work here. If you know a photographer who might like to support us in this way, drop us a line.