Posted in Photography on April 21, 2015 by Thomas Allen


I will be teaching a workshop on photographic constructions at the Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP) this fall. MAKING PICTURES WITH THOMAS ALLEN,  a 20-hour, hands-on event, takes place September 18-20, 2015 following a lecture/presentation on Thursday September 17 at 7:30pm.  Register before April 30th and receive 20% off tuition. Complete details can be found here.


Posted in Photography on April 5, 2015 by Thomas Allen

Since the book is now available for pre-order, I think it’s safe to share details about a  recently completed project.


The idea to picture an open book shaped like the United States (lower 48) came from Nayon Cho (Art Director at Penguin) along with this rough sketch:


My immediate thought—”I can do this with a scroll saw!”

To do this,  I selected a medium-sized book to work with and broke the spine to make it lie flat. Next, I glued a template (with an outline of the U.S. printed in reverse) to the covers on the flattened backside. Then, with a thin, spiral-shaped blade attached to the saw, I slowly followed the guideline and made one, continuous cut all the way around.

This was the result:


This was left over:


The end product was too flat, so I glued the spine back together and rolled the pages. Here it is with the background color changed to red:


Now, if you were paying attention, you saw that the title of the book I altered is DISPATCH THE GENERAL (see the negative space photograph above). However, the text pictured in the final image is from a classic work of fiction—added post-camera (by request). To make it work, I had to remove the particular pages from my own worn, paperback copy of Mark Twain’s HUCKLEBERRY FINN, affix them to the pages of another book with a matching curl and then photograph the entire thing at a similar angle.


The end result was achieved with a bit of Photoshop magic and a whole lot of patience:




Posted in Commissions, Freelance, Photography on February 17, 2015 by Thomas Allen

Recent commission for Telerama (Paris)


Posted in Photography on February 5, 2015 by Thomas Allen


Driving to Mt. Pleasant, MI today to visit Central Michigan University. Speaking at Wightman Hall at 5:00 this evening. Workshop tomorrow from 10am – 3pm!


Posted in Photography on January 17, 2015 by Thomas Allen

dpi1Last month I was interviewed by DPI Magazine in Taiwan.  My complimentary copy arrived this week. The entire issue is devoted to space and absolutely beautiful to look at.





Posted in Photography with tags , , , , on December 5, 2014 by Thomas Allen


Found this disturbing figure of Santa at a local thrift store this week and saw nothing remotely close to comfort and joy in his face. Instead, I couldn’t help but see this. #handsupdontshoot #icantbreathe #thomasallen63


Posted in Photography on November 11, 2014 by Thomas Allen


I will be in New York next week (November 17 – November 20) for two special events. On Tuesday night (the 18th), I will have a conversation about my work with Stacey Clarkson—Art Director of Harper’s Magazine at the Penumbra Foundation.


I will be at FOLEY the following night to celebrate the opening of a group show of FOLEY artists at its new location.

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