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Biography

Over a 40 year career span, Tom has been a UK based international portrait and fine art photographer recognised for his expertise in digital image capture and has accumulated multiple international awards throughout. With a global reputation as a published author, he has written several books in his own right and collaborated with other renowned authors. He also writes extensively for the photographic press at home and abroad including 'Rangefinder', 'Professional ImageMaker', 'Digital Photographer' and 'Focal Points'.

Tom’s current interests revolve about alternative processes rooted in the origins of photography, such as Wet Plate Ferrotypes, Ambrotypes, Platinum Palladium, Van Dyke Brown, Salt and Cyanotype printing. Photography only became widely used and popular with the public from the 1850’s and the images produced were truly unique. Artisans of the day worked at a much slower pace than today’s digital creatives and are a mix of the artist skill and alchemy.

Tom is also a respected educator having given numerous seminars and sat on several photographic judging panels internationally. Tom has recently completed photographic exhibitions in Malta and London, with invitations from galleries in Japan, Rome and America.

Whilst Tom no longer accepts commercial commissions, he is willing to collaborate with art directors, galleries, models, stylists and other professionals. His main focus is the exploration of photography in general (past and present) and exhibiting his work wherever he can. He aims to make available his accumulated knowledge at lectures and seminars. Use the Contact page to make any enquiries with him.

Tom Lee portrait

'From the outset of my career, I wanted to go beyond the simple mechanics of photography; in other words, not just the principles of image taking and printing. Albert Einstein once said - 'Any fool can know, the point is to understand'. This is the essence of my fine art creations and believe there is a spiritual connection that happens on both sides of the lens, starting well before the shutter is pressed. It's this connection that I try and attain in all aspects of my work.’

Exhibitions

  • 2013 - Innocence Turned Exhibited in London

  • 2018 - Illusions of Reality, Solo exhibition of contemporary photographic art in Malta.

  • 2019 - The Cuban Series, exhibited at the Brick Lane Gallery, London

  • 2020 - 'On the Move' RPS VAG touring exhibition

  • 2022 - 'Blind Shadows'  RPS VAG touring exhibition.

  • 2023 - Orotone glass plates exhibited at Williamson Art Gallery.

  • 2024 - 'Ophelia' RPS VAG Touring Exhibition.

  • 2024 - 'After Uelsmann' exhibited at Williamson Art Gallery.

  • 2024 - ‘Passage of Time’ PAGB Masters of Print travelling exhibition.

  • 2024 - 'Developing News’ selected for the London Salon of Photography medal and exhibition

  • 2024 - ‘Sound of Silence’ Audio Visual production wins Bronze medals from PAGB and FIAP.

Accolades

  • Grand Master Photographer of the Societies.

  • Fellowship of the SWPP (Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers)

  • Fellowship of the MIPP (Maltese Institution of Professional Photographers)

  • Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society (Visual Art).

  • Awarded for outstanding contribution to the photographic industry

  • MIPP Photography Award of Recognition

  • 'Craftsman' of the Societies.

  • 'Ambassador of the Societies of Photographers'

Publications

  • Digital Capture and Workflow for Professional Photographers (Amherst Media)

  • Co-Author of Photographing Women with Norman Phillips (Amherst Media)

  • 'The Wet Plate Collection' book

  • 'The 100' street photography book

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