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, Todd Oldham, 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 recently 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 won Photographer of the Year from London's Worldwide Photography Gala Awards, as well as first place in Portraiture, chosen from over 3,000 entries from about 50 countries. He also won first place in Portraiture in the Prix de la Photographie Paris, chosen from thousands of entries from over 85 countries. He was also chosen in the National Portrait Gallery’s Outwin Boochever Competition (Smithsonian Museum) as a semifinalist.
He has won over 35 additional awards including from the Griffin Museum of Photography, Center for Fine Art Photography (multiple awards), International Photography Awards (multiple awards), Santa Fe Center for Photography, CameraArts, Photo Life, PDN (multiple awards), Photographer's Forum, Photo Review, Applied Arts, Communication Arts, Graphis, American Photography Annual, One Life International, Camera Club of NY, Jacob Riis Award, American Art Awards, Photography Masters Cup, Manhattan Arts International, World in Focus, Fence at Photoville, Artrom Gallery Guild (Rome), PhotoServe, One Eyeland, IPOTY, International Color Awards, Moscow International Foto Awards, Image International, Kodak and American Photographic Artists, which showcased Atwood as one of three featured photographers in an international competition sponsored by the Getty Museum and Hammer Museum. He has been recognized on Photo Life Magazine's list of Top 50 Emerging Photographers and the Golden Light Awards list of Top 100 Photographers.
Atwood's work has exhibited at the Museum of Photographic Arts, George Eastman Museum, Griffin Museum of Photography, Center for Fine Art Photography, House of Lucie, LA Center for Digital Art, MoMA, Frank Museum, Benaki Museum (Athens), Círculo de Bellas Artes Museum (Madrid), Pacific Design Center, Manhattan Arts International, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Directors Guild of America. His work and books have exhibited at various art fairs such as Paris Photo, AIPAD, Photo LA, Art Basel Miami Beach, Frieze, Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Armory Show, Athens Photo Festival and Photoville, as well as at galleries nationwide, most recently ClampArt in NY, Steven Kasher Gallery in NY, Louis Stern Fine Arts in LA, Farmani Gallery in LA and PDNB Gallery in Dallas.
His work has been featured in over 200 publications in over a dozen countries including The Guardian, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Denver Post, Wall Street Journal, New Yorker, Los Angeles Magazine, New York Magazine, Elle, Harvard Magazine, Art Newspaper, Artforum, Art Ltd., Artillery, Applied Arts, Photo Life, Photo Selection, Photo Review, Popular Photography, PDN, Rangefinder, LenScratch, Feature Shoot, Publisher’s Weekly, Huffington Post, Upworthy and VICE. Atwood has also appeared on NPR, Sirius, CBS, ABC, Bravo, HGTV, Logo, Telemundo and other broadcast networks.
He has shot photography for a variety of corporate clients, from L'Oreal Paris to Disney, BMW, Lexus and CAA, as well as editorial clients, from The Wall Street Journal to Brandweek, Angeleno and LA Confidential.
Atwood has a Bachelors from Harvard University and a Masters from Cambridge University (England). He has lectured on photography at various organizations and 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. In a past life, he also served as a Director at several global advertising agencies including Ogilvy & Mather, McCann, DDB and BBDO. Based in New York, Atwood has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Amsterdam and Paris. He grew up on a dirt road in the woods of Vermont.