Antonius Widya Ismael was born in Jakarta, September 17th 1975. He developed an interest in art at a very young age, since his parents were hosting a traditional dancing & painting studio at their house. He was introduced to photography in his high school years and then he went to RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) taken Bachelor of Art in Photography studies. He started his career as a professional photographer in 2000 and then later he worked his way to commercial photography. He has also worked with many fashion magazines such as Harper's Bazaar, Amica, Dewi, and other magazines like Rolling Stone & Versus Magazine. He enjoys mixing media, like using watercolor paint with his photographs, he has done several artworks involving visual projection & installation in exhibitions around Jakarta. He also loves to work with motion pictures and stop motions. Nowadays we can see music videos & TV commercials that he directed playing on local television.
In 2005, Anton dare himself to start his own photography studio named Third Eye Studio.
Third eye is known as the inner eye that symbolizes a state of enlightenment or evocation of mental images, it also has deeply personal spiritual or physiological significance. Third eye enables us to see not only visible things but more than that it enables us to feel what we see and see what we feel. As we know, the most beautiful things in life can't be seen with our eyes but it is possible with our third eye.
His career with Third eye studio has enabled him to establish a photography class called KelasPagi. KelasPagi become a place for Anton Ismael to share his knowledge to those who are interested in learning more about photography. This free-of-charge course obliged its student to complete a one-year curriculum ended with a closing exhibition. The class is held every Wednesday & Friday from 6 am - 9 am, that is why it's called KelasPagi which means Morning Class. Out of expectation, KelasPagi manage to gather many people from different background to learn together about photography. KelasPagi students came from different fields, such as art director, writer, painter, musician, journalist, artist and so much more. To Anton, KelasPagi allows him to create a take & give relationship with his students, where they can share knowledge & experiences to each other. Needless to say, KelasPagi has helped him a lot in developing his career in photography as he get a lot of good spirits from them. He loves the spirit in every batch of students who has diversity in their background.
Anton Ismael is a certified chef & baker from Jakarta Culinary Centre.