Thomas Bogaev is an award winning photographer who captures moving street photography and nature photography, as well as landscapes and experimental abstract work; however, he has become more involved in creating work that has social impact. His photography is currently represented by Rockwell Art in Wilton, CT where Bogaev’s one man gallery exhibition opened on November 16th with a particular emphasis on his street photography, some of which was taken in Venice Beach, California. A portion of profits from the sale of the show’s photographs are contributed to Venice Community Housing, which works to reduce homelessness and advocates for public policy that protects the economic, racial and cultural diversity of Venice. Profits are also given to the Norwalk CT Open Door Shelter. Bogaev insists that “Art can make us more sensitive to social issues like homelessness, but what is also critical for these struggling men and women is to find solutions to their dire conditions through shifts in public policy, and by directly raising and contributing funds for their needs.”
Bogaev took two ribbons at Focus ’17—the highly respected Wilton Arts Council Juried Photography Contest—including First Place for his ironic street photo Hungry, a portrait of a homeless man standing in front of a brightly painted ad for Burgers & Fries, and also received two ribbons in Focus ’18 for different works. In this highly competitive and prestigious contest Bogaev was the only photographer in the country-wide show to win an award for both works. Featured in the spring 2017 Congressional Art Award exhibition, Hungry now hangs by the desk of CT Congressman Jim Himes. Bogaev seeks to use his documentary and street photography to heighten viewers’ empathy and social conscience, and actively fundraises through selling his photography at his exhibits as well as at his Keys to a Cure concerts, at the end of which he auctions off his photographs and donates the proceeds to charity. Additionally, Bogaev is treasurer and a member of the National Art Honor Society at his high school, benefiting diverse community events.
In November 2017, Bogaev’s Night Ride was published in Photographer’s Forum Best of Photography 2017 (hardcover coffee-table book) and his photograph In Orbit was selected and is displayed by Nikonians International Photo Gallery, whose mission statement is “to showcase only the best photos in a highly curated gallery.”
Bogaev is building his boutique event & portraiture photography business, Thomas Bogaev Photography. His photo-cards, FlowertastiCards, have sold in shops throughout Fairfield County since 2014. Permanent collections of his work are exhibited at the David Milch Foundation, The Weston Board of Education, Weston High School, and in a number of prominent Connecticut and New York City homes.