Timothy White (photographer)

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Timothy White
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Timothy White in 2017
Nationality American
Alma mater Rhode Island School of Design
Occupation(s) Photographer, author
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Website timothywhite.com

Timothy White is an American celebrity photographer. He has photographed film actors and music artists, and shot for movie posters, magazine and music album covers. He has directed advertising campaigns and television commercials. He has published books of his photography works.


He has volunteered his photography work for nonprofit and environmental organizations. White has been named "one of the most influential people in photography" by American Photo magazine, and was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2019. [1] [2]

Early life and career

White was brought up in Fort Lee, New Jersey, as the youngest of three children. His father was a financial controller for the Coast Guard, and his mother was a housewife. [3]

White received a diploma from Rhode Island School of Design in 1979. [4] He moved to New York City, where he began a career in photography by assisting a fashion and music photographer. He initially focused on shooting portraits for young musicians, aspiring models [3] and actors, and made forty trips to South America over the course of four years on travel assignments. Basing his experience of his South American work, he won an assignment at Rolling Stone to do a shoot for Yoko Ono. [5]


White has contributed to the covers of magazines such as Vanity Fair , Rolling Stone , Esquire , People, and Us [3] [6] as well as movie posters for Hollywood's studios. His movie posters include Wild, Wild West , Snake Eyes, A Perfect Murder , Mission to Mars , High Fidelity, and several movies of Harrison Ford including Random Hearts , Paranoia, Ender's Game, and Six Days, Seven Nights . [6] [3]

His work has also been seen on album covers for musicians such as Bruce Springsteen, Aretha Franklin, and Jon Bon Jovi. [2] He has photographed actors Harrison Ford, Sophia Loren, Audrey Hepburn, Paul McCartney, Nicolas Cage, Whoopi Goldberg, Yoko Ono, Elizabeth Taylor, Brad Pitt, [3] Will Smith, [7] Julia Roberts, [8] [9] Gwyneth Paltrow, Julianne Moore, Ben Affleck and Tim Robbins, and music artists Eric Clapton, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Outkast, and Keith Richards. [6] [3] [10]

White directed the music video "Love Gets Me Every Time" (1997) as he photographed Shania Twain for the Come On Over album art. [11] He has also directed television commercials and major ad campaigns such as Got Milk? [12] Queen Latifah's Queen perfume, [13] and Joyful Heart's No More PSA campaign for males who have experienced childhood sexual abuse. [14]

White, with his friend Walt Wilson purchased the entire town of Amboy, California in the year 2000, and used it for photoshoots and to host movie companies. White saw value in maintaining the property in a weathered, worn condition as a filming location. They sold gasoline, food, and Route 66 souvenirs at Roy's Motel and Café. [15] However they relinquished control and returned ownership of the property when it went into foreclosure for repossession in 2005. [16]

White relocated his studio from Manhattan, New York [3] to Los Angeles in 2013. He oversaw the opening of the Morrison Hotel Gallery's West Hollywood outpost located within the Sunset Marquis Hotel, and later became a part owner. [17] The gallery represents 90 photographers and features fine art photography of rock legends. [3] [18]

White photographed bulldog and internet celebrity Izzy the Frenchie in 2019 at the pet's canine wedding, which Entertainment Tonight called as "the wedding of 2019". [19]

White is an avid car collector and also photographs automobiles. [8]

Charity and pro bono work

White has done pro bono work for nonprofit and environmental organizations. For Recycle Across America, that provides recycle bins, he conducted a billboard shoot for their PSA national campaign. [20] [21]

As part of volunteering for Riverkeeper, non-profit environmental organization for the protection of the Hudson River and its tributaries, he photographed pollution sites from a helicopter piloted by Harrison Ford. [22] [23]

At the 2015 amfAR gala at Cannes, White's photograph of the AIDS research foundation, amFAR's founder Elizabeth Taylor giving the finger to paparazzi was bid by Lady Gaga and Aileen Getty each for $200,000, [24] [25] and was auctioned for $80,000. [26]

All proceeds from the sale of his book Hollywood Pinups went to Oxfam America. For the book, he was commissioned by Esquire magazine to create a tribute to Alberto Vargas' creation of Vargas Girls , the paintings of pin-up girls for the magazine in the 1940s. [27] [28] White photographed 23 women including Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen, Susan Sarandon, Kate Hudson, and Cindy Crawford. [29]


Timothy White has photographed for music albums from the 1980s. He has sometimes been credited as Tim White.

YearAlbumArtistProduction credit
1986 The Secret Value of Daydreaming Julian Lennon Cover photography
1986 Waking Up Topper Headon Cover photograph
1987 Ready or Not Lou GrammCover photography
1988 Talk to Your Daughter Robben Ford Photography with Mike Russ
1989 Storm Front Billy Joel Back photo
1989 Mr. Jordan Julian LennonPhotography
1989 One Night of Sin Joe Cocker Photography
1990 Wilson Phillips Wilson Phillips Cover photography
1991 Unusual Heat Foreigner Photography
1991 Time, Love & Tenderness Michael Bolton Photography
1991 Straight Outta Hell's Kitchen Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam Photography
1992 Change Your World Michael W. Smith Photography
1993 The One Thing Michael BoltonPhotography
1994 Miracles: The Holiday Album Kenny G Photography
1994 Here It Is Freddie Jackson Photography
1995 I'll Lead You Home Michael W. SmithCover photography
1996 This Is the Time: The Christmas Album Michael BoltonPhotography
1997"Love Gets Me Every Time" (single) Shania Twain Director
1999 Timeless: The Classics Vol. 2 Michael BoltonPhotography
2006 James Taylor at Christmas James Taylor Photography
2015 Before This World James TaylorPhotography

Awards and accolades

The Newark Museum opened its gallery in the summer of 2003 with a retrospective installation of White's work. [30] The same year, food rescue organization City Harvest honored him with the Heart of the City Award, as the director of their ad on feeding the hungry. [31]

White has been named "one of the most influential people in photography" by American Photo magazine. He is the recipient of the Lucie Foundation's 2004 International Photographer of the Year award. [1] He was awarded the Spotlight Award at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival in 2012, at an event which paid him a tribute. [32]

He was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame for 2018. [1] [2]

He was awarded the Outstanding Achievement in Photography at the third annual Hollywood Beauty Awards in 2017. [33] In turn, the Timothy White Award for Photography which is a category, as the nominee categories get named after the current honorees, was won by Jennifer Graylock. [34] [35]


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