TOM CARAVAGLIA, photographer and retired professor of photography at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, has enjoyed a career that has spanned over fifty years.
Originally from Erie, Pennsylvania, Mr. Caravaglia came to New York to study at the New School of Social Research with Alexy Brodavitch, then the art director of Harper’s Bazaar and the renowned photographer, Bernice Abbott. His association with the Ms. Abbott eventually changed from that of teacher-student to that of colleague. This relationship continued until her death. Mr. Caravaglia was involved in a photographic project of her Paris portraits of the 1920’s resulting in 30 portfolios of palladium prints.
One of the most distinct characteristics of Mr. Caravaglia’s career has been his photography work in the performing arts, most notably for dance and theater. He has worked with many of the worlds most distinguished dance companies, including: Alvin Nikolais Dance Theater, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Bill T. Jones & Arnie Zane Dance Company, Mark Morris Dance Company, Murray Louis Dance Company, Jose Limon Dance Company, and PARADIGM.
On the local and regional level he has photographed Ballet Hispanico, Battleworks Dance Company, Jennifer Muller/The Works, Lula Washington Contemporary Dance Company, Shapiro & Smith, Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, Keigwin + Company and many of the companies that participated in The Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Mr. Caravaglia has also been commissioned to photograph David Van Tiegham, Philip Glass, Ed Asner, Ubie Blake, Laurie Anderson, and Marcel Marceau and Bill Irwin on a collaborative work, A Meeting of Like Mimes.
His photography has been used in magazine, books, newspapers, advertisements, posters, and has been presented in numerous solo and group exhibitions, both in the United States and abroad. When he is not behind the camera, Mr. Caravaglia served on the faculty of the Fashion Institute of Technology, of which he has also served as head of the photography department. He has been the curator of many shows for F.I.T. and various galleries in New York City, including an exhibit honoring Arnold Newman. He was invited by the United States State Department to lecture and conduct workshops in Kiev, Ukraine, and curated an exhibit of photos; Americans By American Photographers that traveled throughout the Ukraine for a year.