Entry Title: "Kings & Queens in Their Castles"
Name: Tom Atwood , United States
Category and Expertise: Deeper Perspective, Professional


Entry Description: Atwood's second photography book and exhibition, Kings & Queens in Their Castles, is the most ambitious photo documentary ever conducted of the LGBT experience in the USA. Featuring over 200 people at home nationwide, it includes nearly 100 luminaries. With individuals from Maine to California to Florida to Washington State, Atwood offers a window into the personal lives and homes of some of America's most intriguing and eccentric personalities.

Story: Atwood's second photography book and exhibition, Kings & Queens in Their Castles, is the most ambitious photo documentary ever conducted of the LGBT experience in the USA. Featuring over 200 people at home nationwide, it includes nearly 100 luminaries. With individuals from Maine to California to Florida to Washington State, Atwood offers a window into the personal lives and homes of some of America's most intriguing and eccentric personalities.

About the Artist:

Atwood's second photography book and exhibition, Kings & Queens in Their Castles, is the most ambitious photo documentary ever conducted of the GLBT experience in the USA. Featuring over 200 people at home nationwide, it includes over 60 luminaries. His recent work has focused on portraits of people at home. He has shot over 75 luminaries including Hilary Swank, Julie Newmar, Buzz Aldrin, John Waters, Tommy Tune, Meredith Baxter, Greg Louganis, Barney Frank, George Takei, Todd Oldham, Edward Albee and Michael Cunningham. Atwood won Photographer of the Year from London's Worldwide Photography Gala Awards, as well as first place in Portraiture, chosen from over three thousand entries from about 50 countries. He also won first place in Portraiture in the Prix de la Photographie Paris competition, chosen from thousands of entries from over 85 countries. He has won additional awards from 3rd Ward (Grand Prize Winner in Photography), the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Center for Fine Art Photography, the International Photography Awards, the Image International Competition, Manhattan Arts International, The World in Focus, Artrom Gallery Guild (Rome), Kodak, CameraArts Magazine, Photo Life Magazine, The Photo Review, Photographer's Forum Magazine, Applied Arts, Communication Arts, Graphis, Santa Fe Center for Photography (Curator's Choice), American Photography Annual, One Life International, The American Art Awards, Photography Masters Cup, The Jacob Riis Award and the Advertising Photographers of America Association. Atwood's work has exhibited at the MoMA in NY, the Saatchi Gallery museum in London, the Museum of Photographic Arts, the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Center for Fine Art Photography, Círculo de Bellas Artes Museum in Madrid, LA Center for Digital Art, the Pacific Design Center, the Directors Guild of America, the George Eastman House and the International Museum of Photography and Film. His work also exhibits at galleries nationwide, most recently at ClampArt in NY, Steven Kasher Gallery in NY, Farmani Gallery in LA, Louis Stern Fine Arts in LA and PDNB Gallery in Dallas. His work has also exhibited in Art Takes Times Square and in PDN's THE FENCE at PHOTOVILLE in NY. His work has been featured in over 150 publications in over a dozen countries including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Elle, Publisher’s Weekly, The Art Newspaper, Artforum, Art Ltd., Applied Arts, Photo Life, Photo Selection, The Photo Review, Popular Photography and PDN. Atwood has a Bachelors from Harvard University and a Masters from Cambridge University (England). He has lectured on photography at various organizations and universities including UCLA and the School of Visual Arts in NY and is a portfolio reviewer for Popular Photography and American Photo. Before New York and Hollywood, Atwood's studio was at different times based in San Francisco, Paris and Amsterdam. In a past life, he also held director and executive positions at two national advertising agencies. Atwood grew up on a dirt road in the woods of Vermont.