Tom Raymond began his career in photography as a college undergraduate working for school publications at the University of Tennessee, winning several statewide awards for photojournalism. Photography was then set aside while he pursued a career in academic medicine. Following an M.S. degree in biology from East Carolina University, and a PhD degree in biochemistry and pathology the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Universities of Iowa, Oregon and M.I. T., after which he joined the faculty of East Tennessee State University College of Medicine in 1978. His academic research resulted in numerous publications in peer review journals and grant funding in excess of four hundred thousand dollars.
In 1987 he resigned the tenured position of Associate Professor of Medicine to start Fresh Air Photo. A transition that was profiled in the March 1989 issue of Photo District News, entitled, “Is There a Doctor in the Studio”.
Over a career spanning 35 years serving both Fortune 500 and regional clientele, Fresh Air Photo maintained a large studio with 2-3 full time employees plus an intern program with ETSU. We assisted numerous clients in winning recognition from their peer organizations, such as ASID, AIA, AGC, NAHB, Graphis Press, etc. Tom was a recipient of the Best of ASMP in 2008, and received the Silver Award for lifetime achievement in advertising by AAAA in 2014. His work as official photographer of the National Storytelling Festival, with over 25,000 original images, is now housed in the Tom Raymond collection at the U.S. Library of Congress. In 1991, Tom was put under contract with DuPont to document the career of NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon; a project that continued for the next 19 years.
Tom resides with his wife , Cynthia Reynolds, a retired chiropractor, on their horse farm in Jonesborough. Although he closed his studio in late 2017, he continues to create stock imagery and perform pro bono work for ETSU.
Regional Clients: Eastman Chemical, Eastman Credit Union, AFG, General Shale, AO Smith, Pals, Mountain States Health Alliance, Burwil, Siemens, Borla, Bank of Tennessee, First TN Bank, Mountain Commerce Bank, TriSummit Bank, Hapco, Hilton Hotels, King University, Concord University, Bell Helicopter, Bristol Motor Speedway, Food City, Arby’s, Blackthorn Club, The Virginian Golf Club, The Olde Farm, Landair, King Pharmaceutical, Chocolate Elegance, Keisler Engineering, International Storytelling Center, Royal Mouldings, and The University of Tennessee.
National Clients: DuPont, Pfizer, Time, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, John Deere, Architectural Digest, Outdoor Life, Forbes, Business Week, Healthy Living, Parents, Parade, Schumacher Homes, National Geographic, Smithsonian, Hilton Hotels, Getty Images, Texas Pete, The New York Times, and Zatarains.
Community and Charitable Boards: American Heart Association, Hands On Museum, Speedway Children’s Charities, ETSU Foundation, Jonesborough Civic Trust, Johnson City Chamber of Commerce, and the Washington County Animal Shelter.