About Tom Styrkowicz
The creator of this concept, as well as the photographer, is Tom Styrkowicz. Tom’s background is widely varied; marketing and innovation consultant and speaker, event producer, brand creator and designer, photographer. He calls this “the 9th chapter of his life.” Discovering that he had a talent for quickly sizing up his photography subjects he challenged himself by setting up the first event as “500 Portraits in 5 days.”
He was excited by the quality of the portraits, but he was even more delighted by people’s reactions to the “community portrait wall” that was part of the event. He saw that this took photography to a whole other level. These were no longer just photos of people, but by linking them together on the “community portrait wall” they became a validation, a celebration, of what connected these people all together. People ask if he gets tired photographing so many people. He answers that he doesn’t, because everyone brings new energy to the event. And that energy gets multiplied further by the performance nature of these experiences. People waiting in line watch those ahead of them. They cheer them on, and get inspired themselves, to make their own photos more memorable. And at the center of all this is Tom, orchestrating it all.