About Thomas Francisco
Thomas Francisco is an award-winning photographer and creative director/graphic designer and is president of Thomas Francisco & Associates, Inc., a graphic design and photography studio.
A graduate of The Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art, Mr. Francisco’s career spans 36 years in commercial and fine arts. During that time he developed marketing concepts, graphics, photographic images and collateral promotional materials for such clients as BASF Corp., Black & Decker, Geoffrey Beene, Hopper Papers, Johnson & Johnson, Lenox China, Macy’s, Mikasa, Modern Bride Magazine, Reader’s Digest, Schering-Plough, Sony, Union Camp, Van Heusen Corp. and Verizon.
His work in photography, graphic design and fine art is widely recognized. He has received awards from: The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, The Montclair Arts Festival, The American Society of Media Photographers - New York and New Jersey chapters, The Art Directors Club of New Jersey, The New Jersey AD Club, The Art Directors Club of New York, The International Advertising Festival, Print Magazine Annual Awards Show, The One Show / NY, The American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and others.
A self taught, disciplined photographer, Mr. Francisco’s study of concept, lighting and composition is reflected in work recognized by Graphis, an internationally published showcase of photography. His images have been published in AR 100, Print Magazine Annuals, and photography source books such as the Workbook, Black Book, Single Image and others.
He is a founding member and past president of the American Society of Media Photographers, New Jersey chapter (ASMP/NJ), a leading trade association for publication photographers. In that role he spearheaded the formation of the Fine Arts Grants Fund to provide scholarship awards for student photographers. He is also a past member of APA, (Advertising Photographers of America) and AIGA.
Mr. Francisco is recognized for the stories he tells through the three dimensional medium of fine art collages. He currently is working on a self assigned design and photography book project entitled, “Sticks & Stones.” He describes this project as follows.
“The inspiration for this book stems from my genuine love of nature and the out of doors, the aesthetics of natural elements, of the earth and the rough hewn textures of stone and wood in all its weathered forms.
I feel that the natural “found objects” I collect from fields, forests, streams and mountains hold within them the energy and spirit of the earth from as far back as primitive man. My objective is to find that pent up energy and release it visually in the art.
When constructing these assemblages I imagine how our ancestors might have collected and arranged simple objects around their own rustic dwellings. What inspired them? Did they recognize the raw power of their own primitive art?
In these photographs I try to emulate the silvered natural colors, hues and textures of the weathered wood and stone through simple lighting effects and toning--in an effort too to strike a balance between strength and serenity-- wherein I find peace and exhilaration.”
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Studio: 21 Quine Street, Cranford, NJ 07016 USA
908 272 1269