Scott Raffe was a commercial and fine art photographer who shot Circus Flora and Zoppe Italian Family Circus for 15 years. Scott died of pancreatic cancer in 2011. We are proud to honor his work with this series, shot with his iPhone and edited minimally in Photoshop.
Scott grew up in a north suburb of Chicago and knew as early as eighth grade that he wanted to be a photographer. His first pictures were taken with a 110 camera, capturing close-ups of Chicago Cubs players while he was waiting for their autographs. Scott started taking photo classes in high school and received a degree in photography from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. In 1986 he returned to Chicago where he later started Raffe Photography. In 2002 he relocated to Tulsa after working in both St. Louis and Denver.
An award-winning professional photographer, Scott’s work has been recognized with multiple awards from the American Advertising Federation, Art Directors Club and The Dallas Show. In 2007, more than 300 of his soulful photographs were published in the acclaimed book of his adopted state, Oklahoma : A Portrait of America. Scott’s work has hung in several galleries alongside the photographs of Diane Arbus, Mary Ellen Mark and Henri-Cartier Bresson.