Thomas Michael Alleman was born and raised in Detroit, where his father was a traveling salesman and his mother was a ceramic artist. He graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in English Literature.
During a fifteen-year newspaper career, Tom was a frequent winner of distinctions from the National Press Photographer’s Association, as well as being named California Newspaper Photographer of the Year in 1995 and Los Angeles Newspaper Photographer of the Year in 1996.
As a magazine freelancer, Tom’s pictures have been published regularly in Time,People, Business Week, Smithsonian and National Geographic Traveler, and have also appeared in US News & World Report, Brandweek, Sunset, Harper’s and Travel Holiday. Tom has shot covers for Chief Executive, Priority, Acoustic Guitar, Time for Kids, Diverse and Library Journal.
Tom exhibited “Social Studies”, a series of street photographs, widely in Southern California. He’s currently finishing “Sunshine and Noir”, a book-length collection of black-and-white “urban landscapes” made in the neighborhoods of Los Angeles, which had it’s solo debut at the Afterimage Gallery in Dallas in April, 2006, and has since been exhibited at the Robin Rice Gallery in New York City, the Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, OR, and the XianShaWan Photography Festival in Inner Mongolia, China,
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