Tony Corbell

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Master of Photography

To say that Tony Corbell has had an interesting career would an understatement. In his more than 40 years in photography, he has photographed some of the world’s most recognized faces including three US presidents, 185 world leaders at the United Nations, fashion models, celebrities, NASA astronauts and more.  Coming from his beginnings in a small west Texas town, he has photographed and/or taught photographic technical skills in more than 20 countries and world capitals as well as in all fifty US states. Tony was recently named the Oklahoma Photographer of the Year for 2020.

Tony is as known for his educational efforts as his published photographic works. He has conducted more than 700 workshops and seminars to sold out audiences for more than twenty-five years in London, Scotland, Ireland, Toronto, Vancouver, Mexico, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, Dubai, Trinidad/Tobago, Germany, Sweden, and Nova Scotia on the technical aspects of lighting and lighting control. His books on the topics of light have sold internationally since 2000 and his video tutorials have managed to surpass more than two million views. He is currently featured on as well as and his classes are very popular on alongside the world’s leading photographers, instructors and authors. He is also a featured artist at in a segment called In Celebration of the Black and White Print. Tony has published 4 books with three more in the works and has written articles in literally every major photographic magazine in the U.S., Japan, U.K., and China.

Today Tony lives and works in Muskogee, Oklahoma alongside his wife and Master Photographer Mandy Lynn. When asked what he is most known for, he usually says “being just about the biggest Beatles fan in the world.”

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Special Awards and Recognition

1986 Texas Photographic Fellowship Degree

1988 ITVA Educational Photographic Director of the Year

1994 PPA Photographic Craftsman Degree

1995 WPPI Master of Photographic Excellence

1996 Brooks Institute Honorary Master of Science

1998 WPPI “Lifetime Achievement Award”

1999 PPA Approved Photographic Instructor

2005 United Nations’ Council Award of Leadership

2006 PPA “National Award” by PP of California

2006 SWPPA Fellow – London, England, UK

2007 San Diego Commercial Photographer of the Year

2007 President, The Camera Craftsmen of America

2008 San Diego Picture of the Year

2009 San Diego Picture of the Year

2011 National ASP Assoc. Educational Award

2014 PPA’s Gerhardt Bakker Award, Photographic Educator of the Year

2015 President of Camera Craftsmen of America

2015 Named Profoto “Legend of Light”

2017 PPA’s Helen Yancy Award of International Photographic Excellence

2019 PPA’s Honorary Master of Photography

2020 “Oklahoma Photographer of the Year”