Tom Atwood's recent work has focused on portraits of people at home. He has shot over 100 luminaries including Hilary Swank, Julie Newmar, Buzz Aldrin, Mark Wahlberg (Marky Mark), John Waters, Don Lemon, Tommy Tune, Meredith Baxter, Greg Louganis, Barney Frank, George Takei, Edward Albee, Ross Bleckner, Michael Cunningham, Alison Bechdel, Ari Shapiro, Don Bachardy, Charles Busch, Alan Cumming and Leslie Jordan.
His second book, Kings & Queens in Their Castles, was published by Damiani. The book won multiple awards including First Place in the International Photography Awards (book category) as well as a Lucie Award (book-other category).
Atwood was included in the National Portrait Gallery’s Outwin Boochever Triennial (Smithsonian Museum). He won first place in Portraiture in the Prix de la Photographie Paris and Gold Medal at the Vienna International Photo Award. Atwood also won Photographer of the Year from London's Worldwide Photography Gala Awards, as well as first place in Portraiture.
He has won over 50 additional awards including from the Griffin Museum of Photography, Center for Fine Art Photography, International Photography Awards, Santa Fe Center for Photography, Photoville, Camera Club of NY, CameraArts, PDN, The Photo Review, Jacob Riis Award, Hellerau Photography Award, Passepartout Prize, American Photography Annual, American Art Awards, Photography Masters Cup, Manhattan Arts International, Moscow International Foto Awards, Kodak and American Photographic Artists. He was also recognized as a Photolucida Top 50 Photographer and a Photo Life Magazine Top 50 Emerging Photographer.
Atwood's work has exhibited over 60 times in over 15 countries including at the National Portrait Gallery (Smithsonian Museum), Royal Photographic Society (UK), Griffin Museum of Photography, George Eastman Museum, National Museum of Finland (Finland), D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Kemper Art Museum, LACMA Library, MoMA, Center for Fine Art Photography, Annenberg Space for Photography, House of Lucie, Museum of Photographic Arts, Frank Museum, Center for Photography at Woodstock, Benaki Museum (Greece), Museum of Science and Technology (Germany), Shibuya Cultural Center (Japan), Círculo de Bellas Artes Museum (Spain) and LA Center for Digital Art.
Galleries that have exhibited his work include ClampArt (NYC), Steven Kasher Gallery (NYC), Foley Gallery (NYC), Louis Stern Fine Arts (LA), Farmani Gallery (LA), PDNB Gallery (Dallas), Photo-Eye Gallery (Santa Fe), Jules Maeght Gallery (San Francisco), BBA Gallery (Germany), Galerie Huit Arles (France) and Proyecto Galeria (Mexico). And he’s exhibited at various art fairs such as Paris Photo, AIPAD, Photo LA, Armory Show, Art Basel Miami, Frieze, SCOPE, Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Photoville, Yixian International Photo Festival (China), Helsinki Photo Festival (Finland) and Athens Photo Festival (Greece).
His work has been featured in over 200 publications in over 15 countries including The Guardian, New York Times, New Yorker, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Denver Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Magazine, New York Magazine, Elle, Harvard Magazine, Art Newspaper, Artforum, Art Ltd., Artillery, Photo Life, Photo Selection, The Photo Review, Popular Photography, PDN, Rangefinder, LenScratch, Feature Shoot, Photographer's Forum, Huffington Post, Upworthy and VICE. Atwood has also appeared on Sirius, CBS, ABC, Bravo, Telemundo and other networks.
Atwood has a Bachelor’s from Harvard University and a Master’s from Cambridge University (England). He has lectured on photography at various universities including UCLA, UCSB and the School of Visual Arts, has been a juror for London's Worldwide Photography Gala Awards and was a portfolio reviewer for Popular Photography and American Photo.
His photography clients have included The Wall Street Journal, Brandweek, Angeleno, LA Confidential, BMW, L'Oreal, Disney, Lexus, Verizon, Johnson & Johnson, Nestle, Deloitte and CAA. In a past career, he was also Vice President at a solar energy company as well as at a tech company and was a Director at several global advertising agencies including McCann, DDB and BBDO. Based in New York and Connecticut, Atwood has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Amsterdam and Paris. He grew up on a dirt road in the woods of Vermont.