Thomas Hart Shelby // Photographer This is an excerpt written by Michael Vanderbyl as the forward for our book "Resorts" It's flattering, which is of course why we chose it. It is my pleasure to introduce the captivating, witty, and inventive photographic work of Thomas Hart Shelby. He is a genuine artist possessed of a singular creative gift, matched by the diligence of the true professional. I am not the first to take note of Thom’s considerable talent. At the age of only fifteen, he studied under the tutelage of renowned photojournalists’ Dan Dry and Melissa Farlow he was then invited to spend a summer working in the New York studio of Sing-Si Schwartz, where he would learn photographic technique from a master and document the costumes that a young Halston was designing for Martha Graham. Through Halston, Thom met Andy Warhol, who in turn asked him to photograph shoes for an ad campaign created for Halston. It was an apprenticeship with the most legendary avant-garde of the 1970’s. From that beginning, Thom took a diverse path through the profession of photography and his work is only the richer for it. He pursued formal studies in photojournalism, worked on fashion shoots, and assisted Annie Leibovitz on occasion. Thom’s interests ultimately moved in the direction of photojournalism, giving him the opportunity to shoot for National Geographic Traveler, German Playboy, Fortune, and Forbes, to name a few. Most notably, his iconic image of the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center appeared in Time Magazine, as well as other publications around the world. During this time, Thom also found success as a portrait photographer. This wide range of disciplines and background has led to the narrative approach that he brings to his present day commercial work. Thom’s shots of interiors reveal everything that’s important about a room—the light, the composition, the details—and also tell you about the life that might be lived in that space. His resort lifestyle imagery reaches so far beyond just “lifestyle,” it embodies a property’s true history, its heritage, its meaning. His pictures create an atmosphere, convey a message, tell the story. Nobody does it better.