In 2005, Thomas Graff was offered a 3 year Tuition Waiver Scholarship and a Presidential Freedom Scholarship to attend Northern Illinois University. Initially attending for a degree in art education, Graff switched during his second year to photography. Living in a world where images are everywhere (magazines, billboards, books, newspapers, on company websites, in school yearbooks, etc) Thomas found inspiration with a commercial photography mindset, yet this presented challenges for him studying in a fine art school.
In 2009, Thomas was faced with a difficult decision and was asked to leave the photography program by the department head. In response to Thomas' Paintograffy and Fashograffy projects, the program director proclaimed "This work is not photography" and he was asked to leave. At that point Graff realized he had nothing to lose and decided to 'forget the rules' and make art out of everything. He took a shift towards fashion design and painting and soon after graduating with a degree in Art, Thomas packed his belongings and moved to San Diego, California.
In California, Thomas was hired by EnVille Publishing to photograph his first book. The coffee table book, titled Hillcrest/92103 is part of a series based on Southern California neighborhoods. From this, Thomas was featured on CBS news, the CW's San Diego Living, San Diego Magazine, Hillquest, Rage Magazine and more. The book is currently held at a number of local San Diego book stores including Warwick's LaJolla (soon to be at their new San Diego airport location).
Thomas now lives in New York City and produces portraits and headshots for actors and corporate companies.
In 2011, Thomas opened his freelance company The PhotoGRAFF. Click above to relocate to that site.