“I try not to be too philosophical about my photography. Simply stated, I look for unique qualities of form, intrinsic beauty, and visual interest in my subject matter and attempt to combine the artist’s inner vision and craftsmanship to produce a photograph of the subject that commands interest and attention.” Quoted from Tom Atkins.
After obtaining his BFA from Ohio University, Athens, in 1956, Tom Atkins entered the U.S. Navy, spending the next 20 years involved in all aspects of motion picture and television production. Duty stations included the Naval Photographic Center, Washington, DC, the Hollywood Motion Picture Office, the Pacific Fleet Combat Camera Group, the Pentagon and the White House.
The highlight of his Navy career was a six-year tour of duty at the White House as the First Family’s personal cinematographer. It was during this period that he filmed President Kennedy’s ill-fated trip to Dallas. His 16mm color film of that event as been used in every major motion picture and TV production depicting that unfortunate even.
After Dallas, he continued filming the activities for the Johnson administration until 1968. After returning from the Navy in 1976 as CDR USN, he spent the next twenty years as a photography instructor at the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, teaching photographic composition and black-and-white and color darkroom techniques.
Since Tom Atkins’ passing away, his work as been exclusively represented by Number 7 Arts and managed by his long-time partner, Lane Oliver.