Thomas Neff

Thomas Neff is a well-known and respected photographer whose travels over a four-decade long career have resulted in thoughtful and moving images. While the locations changed, his methodology and technique remained consistent with an interest in the landscape, architecture, and people of the destinations he’s explored. He has photographed and exhibited work in Italy, Ireland, Japan, and China, though he may be best known locally for his work in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. His acclaimed book, Holding Out and Hanging On: Surviving Hurricane Katrina was released by The University of Missouri Press in 2007 compiled meditative and sympathetic black-and-white portraits and interviews with survivors of the storm.

A resident of Louisiana since 1982, Neff is Professor Emeritus of Photography at Louisiana State University, where he taught for 33 years. His work has been shown throughout the United States and abroad and is included in the permanent collections of The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Arrowmont School (Gatlinburg, TN), and The Spencer Art Museum (Lawrence, KS), among others.

Artist Member Since 2017

Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of California at Riverside

Master of Fine Arts, University of Colorado at Boulder