Troy was born in rural Kansas in 1975 and currently lives in Lawrence, Kansas. His work and research explores the delicate balance of family, fatherhood and the outcome of the family photo album. Motivated by intellectual and psychological inquiry of these intimate topics, Troy photographs his own family as a means of understanding the emotional qualities that come along with fatherhood. It has become his means of understanding while creating an honest interpretation of the idealized family album.

He received his BFA from the Academy of Art University in 2015 and his MFA in 2019. His work has been seen in Black and White Magazine, Lenscratch, Feature Shoot, Plates to Pixels, The Photo Review, Fraction Magazine, Der Greif and FotoRoom.   

Troy is available for commissioned portraits, commercial and editorial shoots.


Curriculum Vitae


2019  MFA Academy of Art University San Francisco, CA. Fine Art Photography,  Valedictorian Candidate.

2015  BFA  Academy of Art University San Francisco, CA. Fine Art Photography

1998  The Recording Workshop Chillicothe, OH.  Certificate in Recording Engineering

1994  Cloud County Community College, Concordia KS

Visiting Lecture/Teaching

2019 Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City, Mo

(Course on Family Photography)


2016  Lenscratch Student Prize, Honorable Mention

2015  Critical Mass, Finalist

2014  Photoplace Gallery, Middlebury VT. Directors Choice

2014  PhotoSynthesis, Gallery 136 1/5 Manchester, CT.  3rd Place

2014  NYC4P New York, NY. 3rd Place

2014  Mpls Photo Center-Minneapolis, MN. Honorable Mention

2013  Dark Room Gallery, Essex Junction, VT. Honorable Mention

2011  Black & White Color Magazine. Bronze Award

2011  Ron Howards Imagination Project, , Semi Finalist

2011  RoHo Gallery Cincinnati, OH. 1st prize

2011  Point of View 2011, RoHo Gallery. Merit Award

Solo Exhibitions

2013  The Return, Presented by The Invisible Hand Gallery, Lawrence,KS

2011-2012  The Dream of Flight, RoHo Photo Gallery, Cincinnati,OH

Invitational Exhibitions

2019 Diffusion, Southeast Center of Photography, Greenville, SC

2019 Acceptance of Change, MFA Graduate Exhibition, San Francisco, CA

2018 The Feeling is Mutual, Local Project, NYC, New York 

2017  Der Greif Project Thread Count, Unseen Festival, Amsterdam 

2016  Making Fact and  Fiction,  Fotoseptiembre, The University  of  Texas at San Antonio,    Curators: Libby Rowe and Scott Sherer 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 PhotoPlace Gallery, Being Human, Middleberry, VT. Juror: Christy Havrenek

2018  Open House KC, The Feeling is Mutual, KansasCity, MO, Juror: Rebecca Memoli    

2018  Filter Photo, Context, Chicago, Ill,  Juror: April Watson, Curator

2017  SxSE Photogallery, Portraits, Molena, Gerogia, Juror: Elizabeth Alvedon

2017  Houston Center for  Photography, 35 Annual  Exhibition, Houston, TX Juror: Rebecca Senf

2017  Mudras, The Hand Magazine, Leedy-Voulkos Art Center,   Kansas City, MO

2016  Dreams, Center for   Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO, Juror: Jennifer DeCarlo

2015  28th Members Only Show, Texas Photographic Society, Juror: Keith Carter

2015  Candela Unbound 4, Richmond, VA Juror: Gordan Stettinius

2015  The Hand Magazine, Potter Gallery Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, MO

2014  A Midnight Eerie, PhotoSynthesis, Gallery 136 1/2,Manchester, CT Juror: Jessica Somers, Photographer

2014  Dreams, Fantasies and Illusions, Photoplace Gallery, Middleberry,VT Juror: Richard Selesnick and Nicholas Kahn

2014   Photoworld, New York Photo Festival, New York, NY

2014  Black and White, NYC4P, New York, NY Juror: Mark Sink, Photographer

2014  Academy of Art University 2014 Spring Show, San Francisco,CA

2014  Visual Narrative Exhibition, Mpls PhotoCenter-Minneapolis, MN Juror: Susan Burnstine, Photographer

2013  Imagine Realities, Photoplace Gallery, Middleberry, VTJuror: Robert and Shana Parkeharrison, Photographers

2013  Last Spooky Show, Lightbox Photographic Gallery, Astoria, OR  Juror: Michael and Chelsea Granger, Curators

2013  Curiouser and Curiouser, Photoplace Gallery, Middlebury,VT  Juror: Blue Mitchell, Diffusion Magazine

2013  Photocraft 2, Lightbox Photographic Gallery, Astoria, OR  Juror: Blue Mitchell, Diffusion Magazine

2013  Members Only 26th, Texas Photographic Society,TX  Juror: Elizabeth Krist, Senior Photography Editor at National Geographic Magazine

2013  In Bloom, DarkRoom Gallery, Essex Junction, VT Juror: Mark  and Kristen Sink, Photographer

2013  Spring Show, Academy of Art University 2013, SanFrancisco, CA

2013  Juried Exhibition 2013, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel,CA  Juror: Dean Brierly and Chris Johnson,

2012  The Unreal, The Kiernan Gallery, Lexington, VT  Juror: Ken Rosenthal, Photographer

2012  PhotoSpiva National Photography Competition and Exhibition, Joplin, Mo  Juror: Deborah Klochko, Director of the Museum of Photographic Arts

2012  Spooky Show lV, Lightbox Photographic Gallery, Astoria, OR  Juror: Russell Joslin, Shots Magazine

2012  Summer Photo Show, The Lunchbox Gallery, Miami, FL

2012  TPS 21, Texas Photographic Society Juror: Aline Smithison,Photographer, Educator 

2012  Secrets and Mysteries, Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction,VT  Juror: Catherine Edelman, Curator

2012  Alternative Realities, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT  Juror: Laura Moya , Director of Photolucida

2012  Spring Show, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA

2012  Play, A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX  Juror: AngelaBacon-Kidwell, Photographer

2012  Compe 12, Onward Photo Festival, Philadelphia, PA  Juror:  Todd Hido, Educator, Photographer

2011  Uncanny: Surreal Photography, PhotoPlace Gallery,MiddleBury, VT  Juror: Russell Joslin, Shots Magazine

2012  Imagination, A. Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX  Juror: Aline Smithson, Photographer 

2011  Beginnings: Stories and Starting Points, Photo Filter Festival Exhibition, Chicago, IL  Juror:  Deborah Klochko, Director of the Museum of Photographic Arts

2011  Summer Photo Show, The LunchBox Gallery, Miami, FL

2011  Layers, RoHo Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

2011  The Photographic Experience, Preston Contemporary Art Center, Mesilla, NM Juror: Mary Anne Redding, Critic, Curator 

2011  Point of View, RoHo Gallery, Cincinnati, OH


2018  Diffusion IX, Artfully Crafted Photography,Volume IX, 109 

2017  The Hand Magazine, April, Issue 16. 11

2016  Shots Magazine, Summer, Issue 132. 8

2015  The Hand Magazine, July, Issue 9. 2, 21. 

2015  Black and WhiteMagazine, Feb. Issue 107. 183, 214.

2015  The Hand Magazine, Jan, Issue 7.  16.

2014  Black and White Magazine, Feb. Issue 101. 202.

2013  The Hand Magazine, Oct, Issue 2.  3, 38.

2013  Black and White Magazine, Feb, Issue 95. 219

2013  Enchantment, Plates to Pixels, Jan, 2012. 21.

2012  Adore Noir Magazine Black and White Fine Art Photography,June. Issue 8. 18, 22

2012  Black & White Color Magazine, Feb, Issue 88. 205.

Website Publications 

2019 MonoVisions, Interview,, July 2019,

2019 The Family Photographer, The Fragility of Fatherhood,, June 2019,

2019 Feature Shoot, Troy Colby Photographs the Fragility of being a Father,, June 2019,

2019 Sunday Spotlight Too Tired Project, This will Pass. I promise you., May 2019,

2019 Poignant Portfolio No. 12, Troy Colby.,  May 2019,

2019 Catalyst Interviews, Troy Colby., March 2019,  

2019 Fraction Magazine, The Fragility of Fatherhood., Jan. 2019,

2018 C41 Magazine, Troy Colby’s photograph tell us about the fragility of being a father., Nov. 2018,         

2018 Fotoroom, Troy Colby Captures the Difficulty of Being a Father in Emotional Photos,, Nov. 2018,      

2018 Photo-Emphasis, Familiar/Familial,, June 2018.                 

2018 Informality, The Feeling is Mutual, When Open House becomes a home,, May 2018.

2017  Fraction Magazine, Ninth Anniversary Issue,, May 2017.

2017  ACurator, Troy Colby: This will pass. I promise you., January 2017.

2016  Featureshoot, In a time of mourning, one photographer turns to his son,, Aug 2016.

2016  Lenscratch, StudentPrize Honorable Mention,,June 2016.

2016  Brenda Scott Arts, Fotos Fiddles & Felines. Creating aReality,,May 2016, Podcast Episode 11 &12

2016  Fraction Magazine, The Eighth Anniversary Issue,, May 2016

2016  Plates to Pixels, Intimate Alchemy, , Feb.2016

2015  COOPH, TheCooperative of Photography, A Q&Awith Troy Colby,, Nov.2015 

2015  The Kansas City Star,‘Do you copy?’ Exhibit’s Artists PushBoundaries,, Feb, 2015

2014  Hartford Courant, ‘A Midnight Erie’ Photoshow in Manchester,, Oct, 2014

2014, Lenscratch, MasqueradeExhibition at the New Orleans Photo Alliance,, Feb, 2014

2012  Lenscratch, TheLunchbox Gallery Summer Photo Show 2012,,Aug,2012

2012  PDN, EmergingPhotographers,, July, 2012

2012  RAW Artists, Troy Colby at Kansas City RAW,, May, 2012

2011  The Northerner, ArtExhibits Mystical Photographs,, Nov, 2011

2011  F-Stop Magazine,, Sept, 2011 


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