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Anthony Presley

Anthony Presley lives and works in Memphis Tennessee. In 2019, he received his Bachelors in Fine Arts in Studios at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Presley’s film work has been included in over 30 film festivals including the Chicago International Genre Film Festival. His photography work has been in 20 group exhibitions. His work has been nominated and won 17 awards including the Experimental Edge Festival Photography Winner and Best Horror Short at Top Shorts Film Festival. 

Currently, he is working on three short films, a Photography book, and an art exhibition.


University of Memphis. M.F.A., Photography

University of Memphis. Graduate Certification, Museum Studies

School of the Art Institute of Chicago. B.F.A., Studio Art

Defense Information School. Certification, Photography and Video

Selected Exhibitions

2022 The Strand Theater, "The Pittsburgh Moving Picture Festival", Pittsburgh, PA.

         Rua dr Pedro de Sousa 390, "Make Art Not Fear Festival", Porto, Portugal.

         Dark History and Horror Con's Screaming Mad Film Festival, Champaign, IL.

         8546 SVL, The Fear Faire Film Festival, Spring Valley Lake, CA. 

         Pinewood Studios, Lift-Off Global Network, England.

2021 LTV Festival,  Wainscott, NY.

         The University of Memphis, "Annual Juried Exhibition, Memphis, TN.

2019 Bertram Conference Center, “Cleveland Concoction”, Cleveland, OH.

         Gene Siskel Film Center, "SAIC Film Festival", Chicago IL.

         1212 W. Lincoln Hwy, "Indie Horror Film Festival", Dekalb, IL.
2018 Cinepolis, “New York International Festival”, New York, NY.

         Studio Movie Grill, “Chicago International Genre Film Festival”, Wheaton, IL.

         5th Avenue Cinemas, "Oregon Cinema Arts Festival”, Portland, OR.

         1212 W Lincoln Hwy, “Chicago Horror Film Festival”, Dekalb, IL.

         Palms Casino “MEGAfest”, Las Vegas, NV.

2017 All Saints District, “Experimental Edge Festival”, Tallahassee, FL.

2013 Mithatpasa Cad, “Kontinent Awards”, Istanbul

2011 Samba Room,” Fusion Fashion and Art Show”, Memphis, TN.

2009 Java Cabana,” Wordless Image”, Memphis, TN.

2008 Samba Room,” Fusion Fashion and Art Show”, Memphis, TN.

Publications and

"Dream World: Japan Night Dreamscapes"  121 Clicks, 2021.

"Dream World: Revisiting The Surreal Urban Landscapes Of Japan" Design You Trust, 2021.

"Anthony Presley" Zartpoint, 2021.

"Photography Inspiration:  Surreal Neon Environment" Wakwb, 2021.

"Dream World: Revisiting the Surreal Urban Landscapes of Japan"  Fogateia, 2021.

"Moody Photography of the Memphis Cityscape" Fotoscapes, 2021.

"Night view of Japanese street signboard text under the lens" Sohu, 2021.

"Anthony Presley Explores the Bright Lights of Tokyo" Plain Magazine, 2021.

"Neon Night" ICE99, 2021.

"Tokyo is an intriguing and exciting city!" DivianArts, 2021.

"These photos of Tokyo are too hot"  163, 2021.

"Anthony Presley" Made by Franchise, 2021.

"Dream World II" WTFnet, 2021.

"Travel to Japan with Anthony Presley" IVOX News, 2020.

"Anthony Presley - Memphis Noir" Artistreets, 2020.

"Noir Memphis", 2020.

"Memphis Noir" Artecula, 2020.

"Neon Lights by Night" Pen Magazine International, 2020.

"Le Japon à travers l’objectif d’Anthony Presley" Letters to You, 2020.

"The neon light after night!" Fliper, 2020.

"The neon flashes of darkness in Japan"  Kaiak.TW, 2020.

"Anthony Presley Neon City at Night in Japan"  Sudasuta, 2020.

"Dream World - Personal Journey through Japan" WTFnet, 2020.

"Memphis Noir -  Anthony Presley Documents Cinematic Hometown" On Art and Aesthetics. 2020.

"Content Feature - Anthony Presley" Eye Photo Magazine, 2020.

"Photographer of the Day - Memphis Noir Photography Series" - Eyeshot Magazine, 2020.

"Anthony Presley Talks about his Dream World" - Urban Contest Magazine, 2020.

"Selects from Dream World" - Get Inspired Magazine, 2020.

"The Memphis Noir" - Lens Magazine, 2020.

"Walking in Memphis - Mean Streets of Memphis" The Sun, 2020.

"Night Lights in Memphis" Edge of Humanity, 2020.

"Neon dotted American street nostalgic American style" Sina, 2020.

"Dream World -  Neon Colored Japan"  We and the Color, 2020.

"Photographer Documents Memphis..." Newsbreak, 2020.

"Instagram Selections" Fisheye, 2020.

"Neon flashing streets of Japan under the lens of photographer Anthony Presley" Soguo, 2020.

"Neon dotted American street nostalgic American style" Fengniao, 2020.

"Dream World—Neon Colored Japan Captured"  Aworkstation, 2020.

"Photographer Documents his Hometown..." Topnews, 2020.

"I Documented: My Hometown"  Success Life Lounge, 2020.

"Memphis' Dangers aren't due to COVID", Ratpack, 2020.

"Recorded One of America's Most Dangerous City"  Chirashi, 2020.

"Shining the Beauty of Japan at Night" PangPang, 2020.

"Neon dotted streets in the United States"  CPhoto, 2020.

"Neon-Embellished American Streets" Kuaibao, 2020.

"I Documented One of the Most Dangerous Cities in America" Bored Panda, 2020.

"Feb. Events in Memphis" Choose901, 2020.

"Nostalgic and unrestrained American style" Hummingbird Network, 2020.

"The Unique Beauty of Japan has touched photographer's dream" Phototo, 2019

“How Achieving My Dream Forever Changed Me as an Artist” Medium. 2019.

“Urban Life in Japan” Dia’k Szemmel. 2019.

"20 Photos Proving Japan's Nightlife Is Unmatched" Attuale, 2019.

J"apanese streets, neat layout, clean streets..."kknews, 2019

"Japan is Impressive" BP Magazin, 2019.

"Overseas reaction-dream of shooting Japanese"  Muumoo. 2019

“After these photos I want to buy a ticket to Japan in one direction” Pravada. 2019.

"An exciting and intriguing metropolis with thousands of different faces" Tocka, 2019.

“Photographer’s Childhood Dream to Visit Japan Finally Comes True” Curious Doodle. 2018.

“A photographer who fulfills his childhood dream...” Roayahnews. 2018.

“Scenery that the photographer who continued to admire in Japan captured...” Switch News. 2018.

“As a result of the American who longed for Japan photographed...” MSN. 2018.

“The Magic of Japan - Photo as in painting” Gazeta Si. 2018.

"Fantastic Japanese scenery seen by stranger " FNNEWS, 2018

“As a result of the American who longed for Japan photographed in Japan” YouPouch. 2018.

"American Photographs Dream" Twoeggz, 2018.

“After 20 Years, I Finally Got to Fulfill My Childhood Dream To Photograph...” APEGO. 2018.

“Angel Down” The Finger. 2018.

“An Interview with Anthony Presley” Caprice Magazine. 2014

“Group Exhibit-Open Theme” F-Stop Magazine. 2008.

Best Horror Short - Pittsburgh Moving Picture Festival, 2022

Best Editing - Pittsburgh Moving Picture Festival, 2022

Best Cinematography - Pittsburgh Moving Picture Festival, 2022

Graduate Purchase Award - Annual Juried Exhibition, University of Memphis, 2021.

1st Place Liberal/Fine Arts - Student Research Forum, University of Memphis, 2021.

3rd Place (Street Photography Series) - 35awards, 2020.

Top 35 American Photographers - 35awards, 2020

Semi-Finalist (Neon Nights Competition sponsored by LG) - Deviantart, 2020

Top 35 American Photographers - 35awards, 2019
Top 50 Urban Photographers Worldwide- 35awards, 2019
Top 200 Urban Photos Worldwide- 35awards, 2019

Silver Award, Spotlight Horror Film Awards, 2018

Best Experimental Film, 12 Months Film Festival, 2018

Best Horror Short, Top Shorts, 2017

Best Photograph, Experimental Edge Festival, 2017

Official Selection, Kontinent Awards, 2014

2nd Place in Design, Russell Egnor Awards, 2012

Awards and
Lectures, Research, Guest Speaking

Lecture "Art in Horror Cinema" - University of Memphis Art History Course, Memphis TN. 2021

Lecture "Developing Photography in Lightroom and Photoshop" - University of Memphis Photography II Art Course, Memphis TN. 2021

Artist Talk - University of Memphis Digital Art Course, Memphis TN. 2021

Artist Talk - University of Memphis Photography II Art Course, Memphis TN. 2021

Research Presentation "Symbolism and Subtext in Horror Cinema" -  University of Memphis Student Research Forum, Memphis TN. 2021

Artist Talk - University of Memphis Photography III Art Course, Memphis TN. 2021

Guest Speaker - Hack or Slash Podcast, 2020.

Artist Talk - University of Memphis Studio Lighting Art Course, Memphis TN. 2020

Artist Talk - University of Memphis Photography 1 Art Course, Memphis TN. 2020

Artist Talk - Bartlett High School AP Art Course, Bartlett TN. 2019

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