Tyrus Ortega Gaines
Tyrus Ortega Gaines, a native Washingtonian is a documentary
photojournalist/ commercial photographer and a features visual
content editor. Drawn to the visual expression of photography
since his youth, which guided him to visually document the
everyday life of his cultural up bringing, and later open his eyes to
a profession in photojournalism. While documenting events aRound
the District of Columbia, his work caught the eye former
Washington Post, Director of Photography, Matthew Lewis, which
lead him to freelance weekend events for the Weekend section.
The rest is history. Tyus has worked for USA Today, Florida
Today and The Charlotte Observer. He has always occupied a dual
role as a photojournalist, and visual photo editor with a discerning
and creative eye.
Tyrus was one of the African American photojournalists selected
to be a part of, Songs of My People: African Americans: Self-
Portraits. “It has been my journey capturing life’s daily adventures
and moments in time throughout my career”.