Travel photographer Tom Carter (1973) was born and raised in the City of San Francisco and graduated with a degree in Political Science from the American University in Washington, D.C.

Following a political career with a number of high-profile state and national campaigns, Tom decided to "peek over the fence" and subsequently spent 18 months backpacking down the length of Mexico, Cuba and Central America.

Tom later spent one year in Japan, one year in India, and five years in the People's Republic of China, travelling extensively throughout the country's 33 provinces and autonomous regions.

The result was his first book, CHINA: Portrait of a People, hailed as the most comprehensive book of photography on modern China ever published by a single author.


National Geographic Radio interviews Tom Carter about India photography.

CNN interviews Tom Carter about China photography.

Interview with Tom Carter about China travel.

Q&A with Tom Carter about the making of CHINA: Portrait of a People.

Tom Carter speaks at TED China.

Tom Carter's official homepage: China Photographer.

Tom Carter's Facebook fanpage: China Photography.


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