Jo Ann Toy was born in San Francisco. During her studies at the California College of the Arts, she came across the beautiful works of Imogen Cunningham, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Frederick H. Evans, and many other great artists. She was inspired to pursue photography—to express her personal artistic vision thru this medium. She loves capturing the unusual and exploring the hidden in her subjects. The plain and ordinary can have many mysteries. Her feminine intuition is her muse. Jo Ann's work has been celebrated in Communication Arts, American Photography, The Art Director’s Club Young Guns in NYC and Women in Photography International.

Based in New York City, some of Jo Ann's clients include The Fader, The Wire,  Interview, Rolling Stone, Spin, The New York Times, Newsweek, Wired, Fast Company, Fortune, GQ, Paper, Bust, Entertainment Weekly, Io Donna, Marie Claire, Sony Music, Atlantic Records, Blue Note Records, Simon & Schuster, Little, Brown and Company, Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Jo Ann is also an editor and digital producer. She has worked with ABC News, ESPN The Magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Entertainment Weekly.  

Awards & Exhibits

Communication Arts: Award of Excellence

American Photography 

Art Director's Club: Young Guns, NYC 

Women in Photography International

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