I’m Ray Thomas, stage name at least. My birth and legal name is Masoud Mukhtarzad and chose to make a new name for my artistic career, simply because the real name is too hard to remember.
I began doing photography about 15 years ago while I was in college with a film camera. I was shooting friends around campus and then eventually aspiring models from school and have been doing it ever since. Over the years I have been published in both print and online magazines including: MAXIM, FHM, STUFF, LowRider, YOGA and others.
Having shot over 1500 models and aspiring models, last year I decided to shift gears and shoot something new. Music has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember and I decided to bring my camera with me to shows and attempt to get as close to the stage as I could. One night in October, I ended up shooting Kanye and 2Chainz at the Samsung Galaxy event and the next day 2Chainz liked my photo and shared it with all his followers on Twitter. A couple months down the road I wound up shooting him at one of his shows in NYC and since then have moved on to shoot my favorite genre: Electronic Dance Music (EDM).
I got lucky recently and was given a shot by VIBE Magazine (online division) to cover their EDM scene as it was new to them as well. I shot a few shows for them covering the likes of R3HAB, TJR, Wolf & Lamb, Victor Calderone, John Digweed, Danny Tenaglia and Kaskade. My next gig is Electric Zoo 2013 in NYC.
Thanks for checking out my pics. If you like what you see, please share it with a friend and I hope to see you at the shows!
I want to thank a few people who supported me both professionally and personally. Without them, I could not have made it here.
Before everyone else, I want to take the time to thank my family for being there for me during some tough times with my and her health, she is all better now. Without them, it would have been too much for any person to handle. I’m glad they were there for my wife Mobina and my daughter Leah.
Now I’d thank Roy Lewis who has been a long-time friend, colleague and former boss. He was the first to help me get my first REAL cameras and encouraged me to build my eye and find my own style.
I also want to thank my current bosses and who I see as a second family, Norm Shulman and Susan Fleming. They too have given me a chance to rebuild my other career in the tech world. They have been a great support and provide a great environment to work in every day.
Dino Genzano…. My new friend and colleague. He is the reason I was at the right place and time with my camera to start the second chapter in my photography career. As someone who is VERY passionate about music and the nightlife culture, he is the person I turn to when it comes to what’s popping in NYC.
The next two people I want to thank are Steven Wolf and Sarah Polonsky. Steve is a badass drummer who knew Sarah at VIBE really well. He is also someone I stayed in touch with over the years when he first started to get into photography. Simple advice I gave him helped him out and he wanted to return that favor years later by giving me the introduction to Sarah. Sarah is awesome to simply put it. She is a true hustler and works her ass off to get things down and she gave me a shot that can catapult me in this new chapter in my life and I thank you dearly. I won’t let you down!
I’d also like to thank Anthony Bove from Above Glamor. He has been a friend in need and a great agent. He has been there for me in times when I could have lost a client when my equipment got damaged, by lending me his gear. Thanks again, I’ll never forget that.
Last but not least, I want to thank Anthony Mesisco and Anthony Lamanna from Think Muzik. I known Anthony M. for years through the nightlife industry and he is an awesome developer as well. He offered to help customize this beautiful site you see now and I can’t thank him enough. You guys should hit them up for any marketing, branding and web development needs.
Again, thank you all from the bottom of my heart.