Celebrate Jay Lawton – 11th May – LA

Jay at ToFF's Art Fair 2006

Thank you to Jay Jorgensen for this perfect picture above of
Jay Lawton doing what he loved. And what we loved him for.

20TH JULY 1961 – 23RD APRIL 2013

Jay Lawton was always knowing. He certainly knew what he wanted. It was very rewarding watching him mature as a photographer, not always an easy path he chose.

Jay came to Tom of Finland Foundation eager. He helped by documenting thousands of objects with his camera. He recorded our events as eventful. He acquired a quiet confidence that he took with him to all other kinds of events but he was adopted by the Leather community. His reputation was built on earnestness and dignity (and always being on time!).

Jay knew the right thing to do. He cared for his mother, not always something easy. He gave more than few of us think we can afford.  He asked for what was fair – and right. He learned the right way to shoot and learned how to get the shots he wanted. All the lessons he learned as he was learning were not easy ones. He was sometimes discouraged but incapable of bitterness.

Jay was thoughtful and wise and we wish he was around so he could accomplish all he wanted. We are grateful for every moment we got to spend together and will miss that knowing grin…

-TOM’s Foundation

We invite you to view this gallery to revisit Jay Lawton’s work
(and to see just a few of his thousands of friends).

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Let’s get together to roast our dear friend
with a open mic for those with a 90 second speech.

Jay Rooney Lawton was born July 20, 1961 and moved to Los Angeles in 1979 to pursue a career in the film industry. For over a decade Lawton ran his own fine art studio, JayPG Photography. During his life he was the primary documentarian of the Los Angeles leather scene, capturing bar events, working with Tom of Finland Foundation, and acting as principle photographer for the Mr. Los Angeles Leather contest. He passed away from liver cancer.


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