About Glen Allison
I’m a vagabond travel photographer roaming the globe searching fine art; I’m driven by a penchant to add a sense of visual order to urban chaos. My digital photographic artworks typically incorporate composited images of repeating hierarchical patterns found in architectural facades, windows and doors—photographs that I often merge with elements such as heavy metal machinery or steam locomotive details—image constructions that are blended with various grungy urban textures in a transparent, multi-layered arrangement. Occasionally I introduce bold color graphic elements like circles, squares or triangles placed with an eye to create order and balance and typically incorporating an aspect of subliminal rotational spin.
I have a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of California, Berkeley. During the past three decades (except for two very brief periods) I maintained no permanent residence while I photographed more than a hundred countries. My focus was to capture iconic travel photography that is represented by Getty Images through which my imagery has been published in excess of 100,000 times in most of the world’s leading travel publications, including National Geographic and Conde Nast Traveler. Read my wild, vagabond tale in this blog post, “Magical Steam Train.”
I’m the original founder of the Stock Artists’s Alliance, a trade association that represented photographers worldwide in an exhaustive effort to challenge big business in their pursuits to infringe upon photographer’s intellectual property rights and fair remuneration. I’m also active in the Soka Gakkai International (SGI), a lay Buddhist organization dedicated to the promotion of global peace, the respect and dignity of all cultures and the fostering of quality education.
The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) gave me recognition as a chosen photographer for the “ASMP Best of 2012.”
Recent awards include:
2015 Prix de la Photographie Paris (PX3) Silver Medal: Professional – Portrait/Culture Category.
2015 Prix de la Photographie Paris (PX3) Bronze Medal: Professional – Portrait/Culture Category.
2014 American Aperture Award (AX3) First Place: Professional – Fashion Category.
Additionally, I have three published books:
“The Journey from Kamakura” — Readers are swept along on travel photographer Grey Matheson’s quest to find the most dazzling sights and exotic experiences the world has to offer. In his drive to the peak of his profession, Matheson is sabotaged by self-destructive tendencies that not only shatter his marriage but send him on a roller coaster ride that challenges his will to survive. Roaming the globe in an ever-accelerating thirst for satisfaction, he discovers that great photographs come at a price, from all but drowning in the riptides off Puerto Vallarta to being buried by a Tibetan avalanche. Despite a cycle that takes him from begging on the streets of Amsterdam to blowing through a million dollars in a matter of months, it’s only when he comes face to face with a mysterious woman in Southeast Asia that his true journey begins, leading to perceptions no photograph could ever portray.
In 2004 this love story novel won the silver category for “Best First Book / Fiction” in the USA at the Benjamin Franklin Awards.
“Penis Gourds and Moscow Muggings” — A non-fiction compilation of humorous episodes that celebrate cultural differences I encountered during marathon journeys that have looped me around the globe numerous times.
“Thrill Me Rajasthan” — A fine art coffee table book with images that boldly use color within tight compositions to depict a serene, almost cosmic order in the otherwise wonderful chaos that is everyday life in India.
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Love Story Novel
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