Paul Mobley, is an American Photographer who captures the true essence of the nature of a person’s soul. From remote Alaskan villages to the majestic palaces of Croatia, Mobley travels around the world to find the face of a thousand words.
Paul started his career as a photographer at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies before he moved permanently to New York City where he apprenticed for Annie Leibovitz, Steve Steigman, and David Langley. Mobley’s professional clientele now consists of celebrity, corporate, advertising and editorial work for companies that include American Express, Sony, Citigroup, Ford, John Deere, Apple, Max Factor, Chevrolet, Microsoft, plus others.
Mobley’s first book “American Farmer: Portraits from the Heartland”, was published in the fall of 2008 by Welcome Books. This life changing experience led Paul across the United States to more than 300 farms and ranches. For three years Paul immersed himself in an undiscovered world of agriculture where he brought to life the story of farming in every portrait he shot. American Farmer celebrates our forefathers and mothers along with the new generations of farmers and ranchers as they continue to be the stewards of this great land we call America. It follows the tradition of Richard Avedon’s watershed monograph in the American West and Mike Disfarmer’s Herber Springs series. On April 18th, 2009, The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum presented Paul with the Western Heritage Award for “Best Photography Book.”
“Everyday Heroes: 50 Americans Changing the World”, was released in October 2012. This personal project followed in the footsteps of American farmer in discovering the undiscovered heroes that walk amongst us everyday. So with skillful research and the desire to follow his passion, the book was completed in 2 years. What Paul found was that against tremendous odds each of these 50 individuals have a story of heartfelt compassion that propelled them to do the almost impossible task of improving the lives of the less fortunate. These incredibly inspirational everyday people are achieving the unthinkable through hard work and determination. From nonprofits like Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which was started as a reaction to help end childhood cancer through a front-yard lemonade stand, to the Meals on Wheels Association of America, our country’s largest hunger relief organization for senior citizens. Each remarkable story of sacrifice and goodwill is accompanied by a powerful portrait that shows the spirit of giving back. This book exposes the unique personalities of the individuals who are working hard everyday to improve the world in which we live in. Mobley has also lectured for more 100 Universities and major corporations around the world.
“If I Live To Be 100”, Mobley’s third book and most ambitious project to date, was released October 2016, by Rizzoli. This monograph features stunning portraits of Centenarians from all 50 states, as well as insightful interviews with the subjects and their families. This remarkable project shares the keys to long life from these celebrated human beings.
“American Firefighter“, Mobley’s latest book will be released in October 2017. This project has taken Paul and his camera on the road again to photograph America’s bravest citizens. In this collection of intimate and powerful photographic portraits, we get a glimpse of what it means to answer the call and run toward danger. Stunning portraits of these brave men and women—chief fire officers, company and wildland crew leaders, instructors, and line-firefighters—are accompanied by firsthand accounts of those who put it all on the line, as well as stories of those firefighters who have made the greatest sacrifice of all.
Paul Mobley lives in New York and Arizona with his wife Suzanne and their two wonderful daughters, Camden and Paige.