About the photographer...
Maggie St.Thomas was born in Dearborn, Michigan on the 29th of November, 1978. A true fire sign.
Raised by her father who was part of the 60's revolutionary drug culture, St.Thomas found herself while
still in elementary school attending rallies on the East Coast for the legalization of marijuana alongside
thousands of Freedom Fighters of High Times Magazine.
In 1992 St.Thomas photographed the LSD Guru Dr. Timothy Leary speaking at Chapman University in
Orange, Ca. St.Thomas' photographs and research have taken her down many of the "less traveled
roads," for example while attending Cal State Fullerton's Criminal Investigations program, and reading
Jason Moss' book The Last Victim, St.Thomas began a correspondence with #E37101, Richard Ramirez
(The Night Stalker), a man whom she learned through their letters had a unique penchant himself for taking color photographs of butterflies.
"When I think back to the early days that I was capturing my first subjects thru my camera lens, I sometimes wonder how I managed to get a clear shot in a mosh pit with fans and punkers twice my height clambering around and stage diving. This was the landscape in which I learned my skills thou, it was hands on, trial and error, under the roaring anarchy and total chaos of these live performances. But it was love at first sight when I saw the photographs my 35mm Nikon captured, with an energy so raw and real that you could hear and feel the music. "
Just days after her 14th birthday, St.Thomas was already a published photographer/ photo-journalist. Much of the publications that featured her name and photo work could be purchased on the newsstands of Tower Records nationwide, and on the streets of Southern California. Just one year after seeing her name in print for the first time, St.Thomas was photographing her all time favorites... The Ramones!!!
She participated in many summer programs at Idyllwild School of Music and The Arts (ISOMATA) including B&W Portrait Photography with Erik Metzler, and Hopi Silversmithing with Michael Kabotie.
"Be it film or 35mm stills, I was exposed very early on to the art of some of the most powerful women to ever shoot behind a camera, from the controversial Leni Riefenstahl, to the mistress of the macabre, Diane Arbus whom I had learned about and instantly became obsessed with from attending ISOMATA. The techniques of film mastery of these revolutionary artists are embedded in me," St.Thomas admits. "My subjects are overwhelmingly female, as I found early on within my own career the inherent difficulties women face in this industry, or as others will attest, in any industry for that matter. Even so, throughout history from the suffragists on, women can and do raise hell and consciousness in our own Anarchistic ways."
In the summer of 2006, St.Thomas coordinated an in-store magazine signing at Tower Records, this was the first and only in-store magazine signing to ever take place at Tower. St.Thomas gathered many of the pin-up models, and music artists she photographed for Rockabilly Magazine on the covers and centerfolds of the publication. The signing was a success with over 350 people who got their magazines (and body parts) signed.
In 2009, St.Thomas began working as a centerfold bud-tographer for Kush Magazine, and began approaching music
artists she knew to get them in the magazine, so she started interviewing and photographing artists on a "How To Roll A
Blunt" feature beginning with Mickey Avalon, Slightly Stooped, Pakelika (Kottonmouth Kings), B-Real of Cypress Hill, and
she finished with Snoop Dogg for the cover and feature of High Times Magazine in 2011. That same year, St.Thomas
gathered content from a handful of artists and published what was to be a free quarterly publication with an emphasis on
music and the arts called Jerk Of All trades Magazine. Each issue contained a centerfold with original artwork by Mark
Arminski, Exene Cervenka, and a punk rock guacamole recipe and 10 Commandments of Photography by Edward Colver.
Two issues made it from the cranium to the streets, but sadly the magazine folded later that year.
The photography work and written words of film photographer Maggie St.Thomas have been published and featured on over
a handful of national television and news outlets, over 60 album and print magazine covers, and inside the pages of more than
200 print publications, billboards, t-shirts, sweaters, posters, as well as other items. St. Thomas was a subject of interest for
The Blairing Out Show, LTN's Red Light Special, and a featured guest on 103.1 fm with TK in Southern California, as well as
a guest artist on 89.3 fm's The Wrekking Hours with Alan Contino in Dearborn, Michigan.
Maggie St.Thomas licensed to Cremate. 2017
In 2006, St.Thomas completed 3 certification programs at Cal State University of Fullerton (CSUF) for Private Investigations, Undercover Surveillance, and Criminal Investigations of the Forensic Sciences.
In October 2016, St.Thomas' photograph of actor/musician Corey Feldman was featured in Rolling Stone Magazine, uncredited of course, however, a first for both the photographer, and her subject.
In the summer of 2017, St.Thomas became a CANA certified Crematory Operator recognized in 47/50 states of the US, and is working as a Pre-Need Funeral Planner, but her heart lies in Cremations. St.Thomas is actively working on completing her Associate of Arts Degree at Long Beach College and is interested in working more in the mortuary industry as a Funeral Director. "I'd like to see more funeral homes celebrating life and not being so stiff. Not everybody who lives is a suit and tie person, I've attended too many funerals of friends and loved ones who I knew wouldn't have wanted it that way at their final celebration. I'd love to participate in a funeral home as a Funeral Director, or even open my own that catered strictly to the outcasts.. ya know? Especially since Cremations are becoming ever so popular, I'd like to have a place that catered to people who thought outside the box. Where you could light a cigar and drink some wine and be yourself, listen to rock'n'roll a notch higher or perhaps entertain the guests with some live music while celebrating and honoring a life. Whatever these people wanted, I'd like to see more celebrations of life, and less sadness and mourning in the funeral homes. I would want to see people walk away smiling after attending their loved ones funeral, and I strongly encourage everybody to plan ahead and take care of their own funeral expenses while getting their wishes on file."
St.Thomas is currently working on scanning her entire 35mm and 120mm film photography collection of over 35,000 film negatives, and publishing a series of books.