Tim Tonachella was born in Detroit and grew up on the city’s west side. A displaced
auto worker, he relocated in 1980 to northern California. While out west, he returned to
school and earned a degree in hospitality management, eventually becoming the
general manager of a hotel in Truckee, California. Twenty-
back to his hometown of Detroit.
Upon his return, Tim’s life-
emphasis. He developed a friendship with a well-
him on regular photographic outings. These creative journeys, together with attending
several local art events and exhibit openings, helped focus the direction of Tim’s work.
Legally blind since birth, Tim had limited his repertoire to family snapshots and small
personal projects. Photographer friends made several recommendations on equipment
and lenses that would enable him to shoot at a level he had never experienced. After
receiving encouragement from many in the local art community, Tim began submitting
his photographs to local galleries and juried entry to numerous Detroit-
He has exhibited throughout the region, including Livonia City Hall, Westland City Hall,
Wyandotte Downriver Council for the Arts, the Plymouth Community Council for the
Arts, Dearborn Padzieski Art Gallery, Canton Village Theater, Detroit Mosaic Art, Detroit
YMCA, and the Belle Isle Art Fair. He also has been featured at Napa California
Enchanted Hills and the San Francisco Lighthouse for the Blind.
Most current awards include 2 nd place photography and honorable mention at Three
Cities Art Club’s sixth annual juried art exhibition, Monte Nagler, juror.
His photography inspired “Interpretations II: Growing Old on the Streets,” an exhibition
featuring interpretations of his photos by 19 artists working in various media. The
Downriver Council for the Arts event last year was also captured in a video produced by
Jim Aho. Interpretations II: Growing Old on the Streets