Tom White is a freelance photographer, educator, and curator.
Born and raised in Bradford, West Yorkshire in the north of England, Tom studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths College in London, where he was initially intending to become a painter. It was during this time that photography took hold of him. He spent many nights photographing the underground music scene of the city and exploring the streets of South London with his camera.
After graduating from college - and having his camera stolen in a nightclub - Tom found work in the post production industry where he briefly entertained the notion of working in Films. However, with his first paycheck, he bought a new 35mm camera whereupon Tom continued photographing constantly.
Tom White traveled internationally to the Far East, Brazil, India and around Europe. His interest in focusing on society and politics grew. With time, he became involved in some social work with youth offenders in Hackney, East London and continued documenting his own personal life, including that of his friends and the music scene of London.
Eventually, Tom quit his daytime job to dedicate his career to photography. With the support of his now wife, he eventually left London to attend the International Center of Photography in New York, where Tom studied Photojournalism and Documentary Photography.
Since then, Tom has been working as a freelance photographer, educator and curator.
In 2011, Tom left the U.S. He is now currently based in Singapore, where he lives with his wife and two children. His work has been published in the U.S. and the U.K. and has been exhibited in England, America, and Japan. As an educator, Tom has taught classes at Columbia University’s School of Journalism and at the International Center of Photography, where he taught Digital Photography on the Photojournalism program.
In addition, he has worked extensively with the ICP's Community Programs department.
As photography has given me a direction in life, it is my intention to continue to do photography-based
social work in the future as a counterpoint to my documentary and fine art practice.