Tom Stone
1288 Columbus Ave #236
San Francisco, CA 94133

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Angela Vincent
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    * Ahmad Kavousian * says:

    "The man who know how to paint the face of voiceless...."

    February 5th, 2010

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    supreme teaching says:

    "Stoneth pictures are in a class by themselves. The portraits respect the subjects, and they always tell a story. I look at the eyes - they always tell the truth."

    October 2nd, 2009

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    SkyShaper says:

    "an original, often copied, never equaled"

    May 11th, 2009

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    frantic ladybug says:

    "Wow, your gallery is heart breaking yet so beautiful at the same time. I can't get over how phenomenal all your photographs are. Every single one seems to say something different. I constantly find myself staring at a single photo, losing track of time. And the write ups that go along with them are perfect. Keep on doing what you're doing, because you do a damn good job of capturing the beauty and emotion in everyone!"

    March 23rd, 2009

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    *angela* says:

    "Never have I been randomly surfing a website and been so blown away. I was immediately brought to tears and rendered speechless by what I have seen here. You are a very talented and sensitive soul. The world should see what you have captured here. Thank you for doing what you do!"

    March 23rd, 2009

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    ericdefino says:

    "one of the most powerful photographers i've seen."

    July 2nd, 2008

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    mauriciolaya says:

    "The light is the queen...your work is really great. I admire your portrait, only magic for the eyes. ¡¡¡¡¡CONGRATULLATIONS!!!!!"

    September 28th, 2008

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    muskva says:

    "Tom has deep respect for every human being; thats why his portraits are so unique and real same time."

    December 22nd, 2007

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    ~BranchDesign says:

    "Some quotes that make me think of Stoneth, who is my photographic hero:

    I see courage in you and your subjects...

    Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow. ~Mary Anne Radmacher

    Sometimes the biggest act of courage is a small one. ~Lauren Raffo

    You don't take a photograph. You ask, quietly, to borrow it. ~Author Unknown

    If you're photographing in color you show the color of their clothes - if you use black and white, you will show the color of their soul. ~Author Unknown

    There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer. ~Ansel Adams

    The camera can photograph thought. ~Dirk Bogarde

    The goal is not to change your subjects, but for the subject to change the photographer. ~Author Unknown

    I just think it's important to be direct and honest with people about why you're photographing them and what you're doing. After all, you are taking some of their soul. ~Mary Ellen Mark"

    December 27th, 2007

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    jenerade says:

    "Incredible work. Incredible.
    And inspirational."

    October 21st, 2007

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    joey kennedy says:

    "hands down the most amazing street photographer i ever saw!

    I am humbled to even type this very note!


    May 10th, 2007

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    casamanita says:

    "In Stoneth's homeless photos, there is a common shadow in the eyes... A sadness (sometimes showed as anger) that breaks people down.

    Just a little of them have peace or joy in their eyes, and that ones are the ones I like more. They show us that, no matter what happens outside, inside of us there's always a chance for hope and for spirit.

    One of my favorite flickrers."

    May 16th, 2007

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    complete celery says:

    "[no words] There is [a] life in each of your shot."

    May 31st, 2007

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    eager feeling says:

    "awestruck.inspired.a library of souls captured to be gazed upon, pondered, not forgotten.the everyday man, walk into your shadow and see others...thank you."

    April 13th, 2007

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    public geese says:

    "the eyes of the people in Tom´s portraits talk, I don´t know other photos in his style.

    His portraits tell stories."

    April 9th, 2007

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    complete religion says:

    "Stoneth has an extr A ordinary ability to make genuine human contact with all walks of "seedy" life via the lens. the eyes of his subjects - he captures with such original essence in character and light. Stoneth honors the kindred spirits out there who become all to oft highly misunderstood.

    thank you, Tom Stone, for your work and for sharing!!"

    February 18th, 2007

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    "Reciprocating... baffled, silenced...

    Dorothea Lange comes to mind when looking at your pictures.
    Sorry, no more words."

    February 20th, 2007

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    Barrybar says:

    "I just became acquainted with stoneth's pictures within the past five minutes, and have never felt compelled to write a testimonial in such a short time.

    His pictures register in my brain via the solar plexus, and, like Billie Holiday's painful songs, it helps if you are in the proper frame of mind. Billie has no peer and if you are not anchored you will wind up touched with despondency. Like Billie, stoneth not only shakes one's conscience, he stirs it as well.

    His camera is nothing less than a sociological probe into the lives of the people we'd rather not see, often people who another class would describe as the wretched of the earth. He gets close to the people that most people wouldn't want to get close to. And one has to stop and wonder how much difference the billions being spent on the illegal, immoral war in Iraq could do for the forgotten, here at home.

    stoneth pictures represent the faces that the nation would rather not see ... the faces of the forgotten. And if we take the time to smell the flowers, we must also stop and pay attention to these people."

    January 10th, 2007

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    sherrieberrie84 says:

    "stoneth is my inspiration."

    January 10th, 2007

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    katie curran taylor says:

    "Not only is there extreme emotion in his photography, but extreme compassion as well. I once spent half my afternoon looking and reading his stories. Everytime he writes, " I walked by...or went back...or sat down next to...or smiled at " it fills my heart that he takes the time to not only notice these people, which many of us ignore, but he makes them feel important and cared for, as they should! This could be any one of our loved ones.....someday or never know just what life may throw at you...

    He has accomplished blending incredible photographs with an outstanding reminder, and that is rare & beautiful art! Thank YOU!"

    January 3rd, 2007

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    NewsFromYalta says:

    "no one on flickr manages to catch the pain and beauty in a human gaze the way stoneth does. i am able to see deep into your subjects' eyes and feel their weary eyes penetrate me through the screen. your work is a powerful social critique, a tool for raising awareness, and offers an inspiring view of human nature."

    December 17th, 2006

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    jumpy theory says:

    "Stoneth, I have yet to comment on a single photograph of yours; the reason: I am overcome with awe and rendered speechless by your images and, especially, the accompanying stories. Your work as a photographer is tremendous, but it is your compassion and the grace with which you go about your work that is inspirational and humbling at the same time. You present your "subjects" with the dignity and respect that they deserve, and provide the world with an honest and straightforward glimpse into the lives of those that often remain unnoticed or misunderstood. I thank you, sincerely, for sharing your gift with us and for your humanism."

    December 14th, 2006

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    vignes balasingam says:

    "Thank you for adding me as a contact because that gave me a chance to see your work which in other situations may have gotten lost in the clutter of pages here.

    The photographs made me feel real sense of unfairness i this world. While some people are partying there are others who have no food. While others live in nice comfortable homes some have never had the luxury of that. And while some have friends, others dont.

    And all this in the same town.

    I reckon if all those people who were at the parties were swapped with the street people the same might result: the new party folk would carry on partying till the wee hours never ever thinking about the conditions of some less fortunate people. This exemplifies the state of the human condition.

    As a photographer myself, I feel that you have committed silent justice by photographing the homeless. Your photos convey such strong emotion. It is my hope that yur pictures shall one day be the catalyst of change. No person deserves to sleep in the streets. We are all entitled to some love and affection and a place, no matter how small, to call home."

    November 13th, 2006

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    wd9hot says:

    "Stoneth, Thank you so much for giving dignity to people who struggle in their day to day existance, Leroy, "Formerly homeless""

    October 28th, 2006

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    not an active account anymore says:

    "He has taken the most powerful portraits I've ever seen!
    They make me have so many ideas for short stories and poems."

    October 17th, 2006

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    Phil Rose says:

    "I have yet to really look through all of Stoneth's images but I have to say that is the image which has affected me more than any other on Flickr. It's so powerful and human and tragic. Ace, as we say in Britain. I am always amazed by the quality of images on this site, both the high quality and low quality. Stoneth and AnomylousNYC are the two most wonderful photographers Ii have found to date. Thanks for your important social work. I wish I could do what you do."

    September 18th, 2006

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    © Tatiana Cardeal says:

    "A work beyond the words I know.
    I never find the right ways to say how do I feel about his pictures.
    I'm always thankfull that he is making this for us.
    Keep this great spirit, Tom!"

    September 12th, 2006

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    swift sweater says:

    "When I grow up I want to be Stoneth."

    August 14th, 2006

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    LaraJade says:

    "he simply shows how the world is, nothing is fake - just pure raw shots of personalities..
    definately one of those galleries that makes you sit and think for hours."

    August 4th, 2006

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    Spirited_Away says:

    "Simply the best, my favourite member in the Flickr world. I could stare at any of his photographs for 20 minutes and still can't take my eyes off it. I can come and look at them the next day, and the next and the next... Excellent, real, emotional, an inspiration to many. Thank you for sharing with us your passion, your work. You are one of a kind :o)"

    July 26th, 2006

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    atrakasya says:

    "Stoneth's work reaches beyond photography. He directly connects you to his subjects, and that is a mastery of the art - when you do not notice the artist, or his tools or his techniques, but you simply move into the ethos of the subject.
    At the end of it, the final skill of the artist is to become invisible himself and let only his vision flow through him without obstruction.

    I was moved by Stoneth's work to blog on the subject, and I dedicate the blog to him and to those who see what Stoneth sees.
    Making Them Human -

    July 14th, 2006

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    myla kent says:

    "This photostream is a sublime gift to humanity.

    The hearts and souls captured herein are a reminder, I think, to all of us, that, like the ancient Lakota saying goes,

    "Mitakuye Oyasin."
    We are all related."

    July 17th, 2006

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    charming icicle says:

    "~I'll be brief...and I believe I shared this with you before...your photogrpahy blows me away, it inspires me...your subjects and your respect and compassion for them are at the core of your abilities as a photographer...every face I see has a lifetime of stories to tell me, each face is indelible...I wish you nothing but the best in your work, I know you will succeed in your ventures, there is no doubt about that...thnx for sharing all that you have and I/eye can only look forward to seeing more in the future...BTW - I apologize for us not bumping into one another when I was out in Cali, but when I am back later this year we must meet up and I can say 'thank you' in person~"

    July 5th, 2006

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    iamnona says:

    "always moving and impressive...each shot of each individual shows life, true life~ not only is he talented, but a genuine heart as well~ if tremendous success does not find him in the art of photography (& i predict that it will), he has found, already, tremendous success in the art of humanity~ wonderful, wonderful work~"

    June 29th, 2006

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    Roochster says:

    "Stoneth your pictures are touching and really special.When i see the pictures,there's a story behind each one of them.That's what makes them so special.You are extremely talented and an amazing person.Keep up the excellent work!"

    June 8th, 2006

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    kelco says:

    ""Poverty" is easily the most powerful and moving photo set on Flickr. Each new image renders me speechless."

    June 13th, 2006

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    drspam says:

    "having lived in san francisco, i've seen first hand that the homeless community is so large and integrated that sometimes, by choice or by necessity, they start to seem more like the city itself and less like people. this guy right here helps correct that. great work!"

    June 13th, 2006

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    zokete says:

    "Dudo que pueda decir algo nuevo sobre Stoneth ... para hacerlo tendra que ser en español. La mirada de Stoneth nos devuelve la mirada de toda esa gente que esta en la calle. Gente con mil historias, penas, alegrias, vidas. Gente como nosotros, gente puteada por la vida, gente invisible que las fotografìas de Stoneth nos muestra con toda su descarnada realidad, con toda su belleza y con toda su humanidad. Flickr no seria igual para mi si no estuviese Stoneth. Gracias por tus fotos amigo."

    June 1st, 2006

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    cybele malinowski says:

    "humanity captured"

    May 30th, 2006

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    PortugePunk says:

    "stoneth's photos and stories are truly moving - often bringing tears to my eyes, but at the same time - a sense of peace. the people he documents here have so much hope in life and are so optimistic. if only we could all be that way.

    what a wonderfully talented person - and an extremely ambitious project. thank you for sharing it with us!"

    May 3rd, 2006

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    wilfredo pascual says:

    "stoneth's gritty portraits of the homeless in san francisco are the most unflinching, honest, compassionate i've ever seen. if his subjects can look at the camera with those eyes, i can only assume that it's because stoneth had treated them with the equal amount of respect and admiration. something happens inside you when you look at every detailed captured in the face of his subjects. every scar, every dirt, every line, every sore grows on you. viewing a single portrait of stoneth is a contemplative and powerful experience."

    May 1st, 2006

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    J_B - Johnny B says:

    "Stoneth has been blessed with the best talent of all. A human being with a purpose. I wonder if he knows that he is touching lives as we speak. Not only the person who's picture he has just taken, but people like you that are reading this right now. Being able to capture the most beautiful portraits of what society deems unworthy and listening to those in need, if just for a brief moment is what life is all about. I commend you, my friend on what you have done and on what I'm sure you will do in the future, thanks again for sharing with us your beautiful works of those beautiful souls.

    April 25th, 2006

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    Fack to Bront says:

    "Many a mickle maks a muckle as we say in Scotland and Stoneth certainly is the real-deal muckle.

    I love his vibrant passion for photography and the compassion for his subjects. Genius at work.

    :: applause ::"

    April 24th, 2006

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    original_ann says:

    "With the utmost respect and honor, Stoneth brings into our lives characters the world has forgotten.
    And how can one forget these people after such introductions? We can't. Be prepared for these images to stay with you.
    So much so, that from this point forward, we pray, send them positive energy and then comport ourselves in the most respectful way with any and all of the lost or less fortunate souls in our own communities."

    April 23rd, 2006

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    Paul Zollo says:

    "Stoneth's work is magnificent and remarkable. His photos have relevance and consequence in a world and an age of increasing irrelevance and inconsequence. His portraits present us with a brilliant profusion of compassion, timelessness, soul, resonance, dynamism, heart, intelligence, and beauty. His portraits are truly about the experience of being a human being - for a human being is never a finished work - a human being is always in process - in the process of being human - and each portrait that he takes preserves that magical, often sad, frequently triumphant, moment in timeless time, of a human being being human, in the midst of the matrix of modern times, sometimes sinking, sometimes surviving, always essentially human, and therefore recognizable, even to those who never venture far from their own homey homes to see the homeless up close as he does, to peer into their eyes and into their souls and hearts, as he does, into their dreams and visions and their despair and their hope. And he also happens to be a technically great photographer, proficient with the tools of the trade to bring us these immaculately focused and framed and composed expeditions into the mad, sad, brutal, sometimes happy, railroad of humanity that is the world of men.
    He is preserving our little passage of time through this moment of history, and using the modern tools of our time to do so, but with the exquisite care and craft of a fine artist, the heart of a saint, and the mind of a genius. It's hyperbolic and expansive, all of this, I acknowledge, but great art must be celebrated and honored, and Stoneth deserves everything this world has to give for his visionary gifts to us all."

    April 7th, 2006

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    rumnting says:

    "Thank you for your impact!"

    April 3rd, 2006

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    akaiam says:

    "What Stoneth does is interesting, deep and real.
    These photos always require more than 4 seconds; often a minute, to really let them sink in. That's rare and good.
    He meets his subjects where they're at, without judgment. They feel comfortable with him, so he gets the intimate view. Sometimes I'd rather turn away, but not turning away ~~ that's where it's at. This is art. It's substantial, and nobody is is doing this in this way, this well."

    April 3rd, 2006

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    exhibitj says:

    "I'm rather new to Stoneth's photostream, but looking through his series, especially the coverage on poverty, really left an indelible mark in me. His photos tell profound stories that go way beyond just the superficial. His style of social-commentary/documentary is laudable. He brings light to a side that we, as people, are often oblivious to, or worse, neglect. Kudos to Stoneth for educating us in may ways."

    March 28th, 2006

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    4PIZON says:

    "A photographer who through his love and skills in an over crowded world of digital images will undoubtedly become a legend in his own right. The incredible power of this black and white series of lost souls in San Francisco will not soon be forgotten. An incredible set that so clearly, and vividly documents an incredible gamut of emotions. On the face of the subject, and the heart of the viewer. Guaranteed to someday grace the the many pages a book. Thanks stoneth!"

    March 27th, 2006

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    Harpersbizarre says:

    "Stoneth's photographs tell stories. The many heartbreaks suffered and miles traveled his subjects are etched into their faces and beautifully conveyed in this gifted artist's mastery of black and white photography. I have never met stoneth, but he must be extrordinarily REAL in order to obtain the kind of cooperation and trust from those he photographs. His greatest gift is black and white portrait/ figurative photography. But his color work is masterful as well. Very few artists will ever achieve stoneth's level in their work. I believe the reason stoneth raises the bar is that he meets his subjects where they are, every day, no matter the situation. He looks beyond the surface of people and into their souls- perhaps because he sees a sort of reflection of himself in them."

    December 10th, 2005

tom stone
June 2005
san francisco
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