Any attempt to slap a label on Andrew Thomas Clifton would be an error in opinion or judgement. Yes, he is the man behind the lens. The one who captured this country’s first black president, Barack Obama, during a private session while on the campaign trail. Perhaps there are other high-profile figures in line waiting to be frozen in time by his eye. Maybe even stars and models alike, looking for more than the usual glossy shine that have them perfectly, yet boringly draped across every magazine spread.
Not surprisingly, it doesn’t seem that he’s even taken notice. Clifton isn’t bound by what is visual or the work of his peers. He is a storyteller. A maker of sound. A painter. A hummer of life. Literal facts are not needed here. One only has to peer at the photo.
So, who is Andrew Thomas Clifton? He took a moment to speak with ARTA while grinding it out in his basement for the next KISS issue.