Photographs by Will Tenney





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Will Tenney at Horshoe Bend, Arizona in 2008Will Tenney lives and works in Medford, Massachusetts as a photographer when he isn't being a graphic designer or a bassoonist. He keeps quite busy as a member of a woodwind quintet, as an active volunteer with the Medford Historical Society, the Medford Arts Center, the Medford Arts Council, the Friends of the Mystic River, Mount Auburn Cemetery, and does a fair amount of his own historical research. Recently he has rekindled his interest in sound recording.

His resumé (and exhibition chronology) can be found here.

Will Tenney with his Kodak Brownie, 1955Will Tenney grew up in Berkeley, California, and as a child of 7 was given a Kodak Brownie camera (see photo) by his father, San Francisco Bay Area photographer Thos Tenney. In high school his father gave Will an old Leica camera, and even though it scratched every frame on every roll, having a 35mm camera was a real breakthrough for him. It's been downhill ever since, having gone through Pentax cameras, Minoltas, Nikons, Canons, even a classic Mickey-Matic Instamatic -- but he has now gone completely digital, no longer keeping a darkroom.

Graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Graphic Design, Tenney entered the educational publishing industry as a book designer, a trade he maintained until 2009 by which time he had switched his primary focus to photography.

Over the years, Will Tenney has traveled many times to Europe and lived for a while in Trinidad. In the summer of 2006 he and his wife spent two weeks in southern Spain, resulting in some wonderful images and sounds. In 2000 he visited Cuba on a cultural exchange, and in 2002 spent two wonderful weeks in Tuscany and Cinque Terra in Italy. In the autumn of 2008, he joined with some friends hiking in Zion, Bryce and the Grand Canyons. He has been to France many times, most recently in September and October, 2009 on a bicycle trip around the Dordogne in the southwest. He also biked through Italy's Piedmont hills in the fall of 2011. In September and October of 2013, he bicycled from Venice around the top of the Adriatic to Croatia. March of 2014 saw him in the highlands of central Mexico. With family on the West Coast (California and Oregon), he tries to get there at least once a year.

Copyright 2014 by William Tenney. All photography, artwork, images, and sound recordings on this site are the property of William Tenney.