Tom Williams was born in 1971 and began working as a photographer while studying at the National Art School, Sydney, in 1997. His first interest was in documentary and street photography. His focus has always been on telling the human side of a story, often working with people or communities that are not frequently considered in mainstream media.
He has worked for a number of publications, including The Bulletin Magazine, Fairfax newspapers and magazines, Monocle Magazine, Corpus Magazine and G Magazine. His photographic series have also been published in New Philosopher Magazine, Take Magazine and The Big Issue. Tom’s photographic work has been featured in festivals and galleries in Australia, South East Asia and Latin America. These include the Reportage Festival of Photojournalism (2006 and 2008), Foto Freo, The Angkor photography festival in Cambodia, The CCP Documentary Photography Award (2007 and 2009) and Art & About (Sydney Life)
In 2009 he was awarded the 7th CCP Documentary Photography Award for his series ‘Neighbourhood’. His work has also been exhibited in solo exhibitions at The Colour Factory Gallery (Melbourne), Photospace Gallery, School of Art, ANU (Canberra); and Wollongong City Gallery. He is a member of the Australian collective The Photography Room.