Terrence Reese

Terrence A. Reese is a highly acclaimed New York, Los Angeles and Chicago… Professional Photographer and Artist. He is passionate about photography, artistic experimentation, and critical thinking. Over the past 20 years he has experienced working on exceptional and inspiring projects that require intuitive and innovative styles that have lead him to create quite a few timeless images and works of Art. He has a strong track record of achievement, which he will continue to add onto so that it helps his clients reach their goals.
Bachelor of Arts 1987
Cinema & Photography; minor African American Studies
University of Southern Illinois
Carbondale, Illinois


Tar, Inc. 1988 to Present

As founder and principal photographer, professionally known as “tar.” I have strong organizational, outstanding interpersonal, multitasking, and communication abilities with good problem-solving and research skills. Excels under pressure when there are deadlines. Enjoys collaborating with teams on projects.

Aaliyah, Lisa Stansfield, LL Cool J, Tears for Fears, R. Kelly, Savage Garden, Tupac, Billy Joel, B.B King, Shaquille O’Neal, P Diddy, Lisa Stansfield, Notorious Big, Lionel Hampton, Ron Carter, Siedah Garrett, Missy Elliott, D'Angelo , A Tribe Called Quest, Mary Ann Faithful, Jay-Z, George Clinton, Faith Evans, The Brand New Heavies…. And many more!

Music Labels:
Warner Bros, Sony, MCA, Motown, Virgin and BMG

Commercial Advertising:
Sears, Nike, Levi’s, Coca Cola, AT&T, Apple, Advil, and McDonalds


Harper’s Bazaar, Details, Vibe and Esquire Weekly, Essence, Vogue, Vibe
Reflections - 1994 – Present
"Reflections" is a black and white... documentary-style photography series, of personal living spaces of renowned African Americans whose lives and careers have addressed the fundamental political, economic, and social realities of the 20th century and beyond. In each photographic image, a mirror is strategically placed as the subject is reflected in it.

“Reflections,” liberates the eye to move about within the boundaries of the image, not encompassing it all in one glance. The exercise reveals the unforeseen and true nature of the individual. It is the challenge of locating the subject's image in the mirror that becomes an intriguing and rewarding experience. Each image is accompanied by my personal written memoirs of the photo shoots that further draws the viewer into the space. The text reveals a creative collaboration of dialogue between my subjects and me and culminates into an emergence of art and information sharing. Can you find the icon in the mirror?

Self Published Book
Reflections, 150 pages, Black and White fine art photography book of my exhibit.
Individuals photographed:

Reflections April 2015


2017 African American Museum in Philadelphia January 2, to April 2.
The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture Oct.

2016 University of Wisconsin February to March

2015 Smithsonian Institute September
Louvre in Paris July 13
The Beverly Art Center June 5 – July 12
DePaul University May
The Union League Club in Chicago February – April

2014 The Grand Rapids Art Museum Jan - November
Galerie Myrtis- Emergence 2014: International Artists to Watch
The Chicago State University, January 29th to March 30th
Parkland University, Champaign, Illinois: Gallery Talk Feb


2015 The semifinalist round of the Smithsonian Institute Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2016

2014 Black Creativity: Best of Media in the Photography & Video @ The Museum of Science and Industry.
Art Prize: Honorable Mention at the first Paul Collins Diversity Award in Grand Rapids. Mi

Selected Permanent Collections

The Smithsonian Institution
Grand Rapids Art Museum
The DuSable Museum
New York University, Langone Medical Center


The focus of a short documentary completed by Lincoln Motors in November 2014. Ms. Audrey Smaltz and Mr. Ed Clark spoke highly of me during the first day of shooting.

Reflections Coffee Table Book in Library

Northwestern University Library
Yale University
Emory University

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