D.E. Todd

Artist & Photographer

New York, NY, USA
D.E.Todd is an artist and photographer with over a decade of experience producing creative works for demanding commercial clients and discerning private collectors alike. As an independent artist, D.E.Todd has great respect for the imperfect process of perfecting a craft. His artwork has graced the walls of galleries, homes and offices, and the pages of books and magazines. His professional portfolio includes comprehensive corporate identity and branding initiatives, advertising campaigns, publications in both print and digital media, and educational materials, among others.

D.E.Todd holds a MFA in Photography, Video & Related Media from the School of Visual Arts, and both a BFA in Photography and a BA in American Studies from Cornell University.

Work Experience

D.E.Todd Projects

Owner / Artist

Provide creative imagery for commercial clients and fine art photography for private collectors. Work with designers, photographers, product manufacturers, non-profit organizations and premiere global creative agencies, often as a key member of integrated, multifaceted teams, to produce visuals with effective, lasting impact that also meet exacting clients quality standards. Collaborate with private collectors on compelling site-specific engagements. Leverage expansive knowledge of visual theory, history and conceptual development. Produce original imagery via contemporary digital processes and traditional darkroom techniques. Expert in digital imaging editing and photographic retouching for print and web.
2004 - United States

Cornell University

Visiting Scholar

Granted one-of-a-kind Visiting Scholar appointment by Chair of the Art Department and Dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Planning. Sponsored by Photography faculty to serve as resident guest lecturer and art critic, bring perspective on life as a practicing artist and provide cutting-edge technology support for faculty, staff and students.
2012 - 2013 Ithaca, New York, United States

John Gruen Photography

Digital Tech, Lighting, & Retouching

Assistant on photo shoots for magazine, book, and web publications
Responsible for on-scene lighting and digital tech set up and take down
Manage digital files and provide professional retouching in Adobe Photoshop
2007 - Connecticut, United States

School Of Visual Arts, MFA: Photo, Video, & Related Media

Teaching Assistant, Advanced Digital Imaging I & II

Taught lessons using new and innovative digital processes and programs
Created and monitored course blog with detailed instructions and examples
Provided one-on-one extra help for students with complex lab assignments
2008 - 2009 New York, New York, United States

Aperture Foundation

Design Department, Work Scholar

Selected for highly competitive Work Scholar Program at this not-for-profit foundation connecting the photo community and its audiences in print, in person and online. Collaborated in design, edit and production of fine art photography books, catalogues, advertising, exhibitions, Aperture Magazine and art gallery visuals. Worked directly with renowned artists including Marco Breuer, Chuck Close and Christian Marclay to ensure visual and conceptual consistency throughout gallery, print and web media.
2006 - 2007 New York, New York, United States

Cornell University

Darkroom Monitor

Monitored b&w, color, and alternative-process darkrooms, and shooting studio
Responsible for equipment distribution, collection, maintenance, and care of facilities
Ensured safe use and proper disposal of photographic chemicals
2005 - 2005 Ithaca, New York, United States


School Of Visual Arts (SVA)

MFA: Photography, Video, and Related Media

Please check out my thesis "Still Photography" in my projects gallery.
August 2007 - May 2009 New York, New York, United States

Cornell University

BFA: Photography

I also studied in Rome, Italy, 2004.
August 2001 - May 2006 Ithaca, New York, United States

Cornell University

BA: American Studies, Visual Studies

Member of Cayauga's Waiters, and Lambda Chi Alpha.
August 2001 - May 2006 Ithaca, New York, United States



Residency with grant



Grand Prize, The Defining Moment


Phoot Camp

Residency with grant



1st Place, Adventure Photography


Soho Photo

1st Place Award, National Photo Competition



Critical Mass, Finalist


Millard Sheets Center For The Arts

1st Place Award, Photo at High Speed Competition


Society For Photographic Education

National Conference Scholarship


Lambda Chi Alpha, Cornell University

Award for Artistic Excellence and Contribution



3-D, 35mm, Adobe Indesign, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop, Alternative Processes, Anaglyphic 3-D Imaging, Analog, Art, Black And White, Books, Chromogenic, Color, Color Correction, Conceptual, Cyanotype, Darkroom, Design, Digital, Digital Workflow, Fine Art, Gum, Historical Processes, Inkjet Printing, Kallitype, Medium Format, Palladium, Photo Book Design, Photo Manipulation, Platinum, Processing, Retouching, Scanning , Stereographic 3-D Imaging, Web File Preparation,

Select Publications

ASSOCIATION Vol. 6, Cornell University, AAP, 2014

The Complete Photo Manual, book by Weldon Owen Inc. & Popular Photography Magazine, 2012

Light and Lens 2: Photography in the Digital Age, book by Robert Hirsch, Focal Press, 2012

Camera-Exploding Images Win Prize, interview by Image Source, online, 2011

Is Photography Dead? interview by Image Source, online, 2011

Portfolio, Afterimage Magazine, Issue 38.6, Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY, 2011

Still Photography, video feature, Afterimage Magazine online, Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY, 2011

Inklight, Afterimage Magazine online, Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY, 2010

Focal Resolution 1, show catalog, Climate Gallery, New York, NY, 2010

High Quality, Lo-Fi Photography, published by RayKo Gallery, San Franciso, CA, 2009

Tilt Swift, Popular Photography magazine, February issue, 2009