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

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

Defense Information School. Certification, Photography and Video

Selected Exhibitions

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

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

"Neon Night" ICE99, 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 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.

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

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

“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.

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