Alan Thomas is editorial director at the University of Chicago Press and a photographer specializing in urban landscape. He is a contributing writer for Places.
As a publisher, Thomas acquires and edits books in the humanities, particularly literature and criticism. As a photographer, he has work in the Museum of Contemporary Photography’s Midwest Photographer’s Project and has exhibited at the Process Gallery at Indiana University; Perspective Gallery in Evanston, IL; Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago; the Flak Photo Midwest Print Show in Madison, WI; Photo Works Gallery in Glen Echo, MD; and other venues. In 2012, his one-person show at the Seagull Foundation for the Arts, Kolkata, India, surveyed photographs made over two decades in Chicago, Tokyo, and Kolkata. Thomas’s book, 55×5, with an introduction by Kathryn Lofton, was published by Marquand Editions in 2018.