This is a special treat for everybody; amongst the many very talented photographers within Indian Country, I have the pleasure of introducing one of the most amazing. Anthony “Thosh” Collins is a photographer who is making moves both within and outside of Indian Country — his eye and camera simply catch things and display a beauty that most of us miss. Fortunately, because his camera skills are so phenomenal, we get to see that beauty through his photographs.
I don’t claim to know anything about photography; I’m a hack who usually either 1) cuts off peoples’ heads when I take pictures, or 2) gets a piece of my thumb in one of the photographs. Yet, even though I don’t know jack about pictures, I know about beauty; I try to write our Native stories and perspectives in a beautiful way. I don’t always succeed. Still, I appreciate Thosh’s ability to capture Indian beauty and stories through his photos. A picture truly is worth more than a thousand words, and so his photos will be featured here every Wednesday to complement the stories that me, Robert, Wanbli and the other folks from Thing About Skins tell through words.
About the photographer: ANTHONY “THOSH” COLLINS is a photographer from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community in Arizona and currently resides in Los Angeles, California. Thosh works as a freelance photographer in the greater LA area and works extensively with the Native communities locally & internationally. Thosh started doing photography at the age of 15 at The New School for the Arts High School of Scottsdale, Arizona, and later attended the San Francisco Art Institute on a full-ride scholarship. Thosh uses various genres of photography like, portraiture, fashion, editorial as a tool to document contemporary Native peoples and their many talents and the realities of Native people as they strive to help preserve their identities in today’s world. You can follow more of Thosh’s “everyday” photos on Instagram at @thoshographer.