A photographer since childhood, Thomas R. Schiff has worked in various photographic formats for the past forty years. He turned greater attention to the medium when studying at Ohio University under renowned photographers Clarence White, Jr. and Arnold Gassan. His early photography featured black-and white images focused on architectural detail, storefront facades, and windows.
In 1994, Tom began using the panoramic format in his photography as a new way to express his artistic vision, saying, What interests me is essentially the proportional angle in the horizontal format. Sometimes a picture s most critical factor is when it changes your relationship to what is familiar or thought to be understood.
For his panoramic photographs, the camera is mounted to an extended tripod and rotates 360 degrees or more upon its axis, exposing film in a continuous strip as it turns.
Tom has used his Hulcherama 360 Panoramic Camera to create four books of photographs, all of which included a touring exhibition: Panoramic Cincinnati (1999), Panoramic Ohio (2002), Panoramic Parks (2005) and Vegas 360 (2008).
Tom continues his cross-country touring to photograph with a focus on architecture for future publications, including works on historic theatres, civic buildings, religious spaces, and the midcentury architecture of Columbus, Indiana.