Thomas Michael Alleman is a Los Angeles-based editorial, advertising and fine-art photographer. Tom was born and raised in Detroit, where his father was a traveling salesman and his mother was a ceramic artist.

After graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in English Literature, he began a 15-year career as a newspaper photographer, winning many local and national awards for his work.

Tom continues to shoot assignments for national magazines, as well as for corporate and advertising clients in Southern California. He’s currently finishing a book-length collection of black-and-white “urban landscapes” made in New York, titled “The Gilded Giant”. His book of Los Angeles urban landscapes, "Sunshine & Noir", is finished, and seeks a publisher.
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1998 Mark Twain Award for Overall Excellence in Photography, Associated Press News Executives Council
1996 Third Place, Photographer of the Year, Pictures of the Year, University of Missouri
1995 Los Angeles Newspaper Photographer of the Year, Greater Los Angeles Area Press Photographer's Association
1995 California Newspaper Photographer of the Year, California Press Photographer's Association
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Solo Exhibitions

2009 Sunshine & Noir, Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR
2008 Sunshine & Noir, Robin Rice Gallery, New York City, NY
2006 Sunshine & Noir, Afterimage Gallery, Dallas, TX
2001 Los Angeles, fin de siecle, Perfect Exposure Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2000 Los Angeles, fin de siecle, Palos Verdes Art Center, Palos Verdes, CA
1999 Los Angeles, fin de siecle, Cerro Cosso College, Ridgecrest, CA
1998 Los Angeles, fin de siecle, University of La Verne, LaVerne, CA
1984 Recent Photographs, LightFantastic Gallery, East Lansing, MI
1983 Recent Photographs, Lansing Community College, Lansing, MI
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Group Exhibitions

2008 This Side of Paradise, Huntington Museum and Library, San Marino, CA
1983 Myths & Masks, Central Michigan University Art Gallery, Mt Pleasant, MI
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Huntington Museum, San Marino
Kresge Art Gallery, EAST LANSING, MI
Portland Museum of Art, Portland, OR
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This Side of Paradise. Jennifer Watts & Claudia Bohn-Spector. Merrill, London, England, 2008 (photo-eye Cat# MR035)
Sweet Sicily. Photographs by Thomas M. Alleman and Linda Lewis, Text by Victoria Granof. Harper Collins, New York, NY, 2001
Best of Photojournalism, 1996. Anthology. National Press Photographers Association, Durham, NC, 1997
Best of Photojournalism, 1995. Anthology. National Press Photographers Association, Durham, NC, 1996
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1979 - 1981 Michigan State University, BA, Creative Writing
1982 - 1984 Lansing Community College, Non-degree program in Documentary Photography
  Studied with Nancy Stuart
1994 Santa Fe Photo Workshop, Documentary Photography
  Studied with David Alan Haravey

Favorite Photography Books

Unguided Tour, Sylvia Plachy
Freidlander, Lee Freidlander
Travelog, Charles Harbutt
The New West, Robert Adams
Uncommon Places, Stephen Shore

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