Glen Allison Portrait

Glen Allison is a fine art photographer living and working in Bangkok, Thailand. His fascination lies in crafting tribal-themed and texturally rich imagery that portrays earthy color tones washed by three-dimensional light in an expression that blends artistic elements from a diverse cross section of ethnic societies into his refined, stylized depictions. Using authentic tribal accessories combined with indigenous body painting skills, his images explore mood and human emotion integrated with the decorative flair typically expressed with tribal body art techniques found in the farthermost regions of the world.

Glen holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of California, Berkeley. During the past two and a half decades he roamed the globe as a vagabond travel photographer and, except for two very brief periods, maintained no permanent residence while he photographed more than one hundred countries. His travel imagery has been published in excess of 85,000 times in most of the world’s leading travel publications, including National Geographic and Conde Nast Traveler.

He is the original founder of the Stock Artists’s Alliance, a trade association that represented photographers worldwide. He is also active in the Soka Gakkai International (SGI), a lay Buddhist organization dedicated to peace, culture and education.

Glen was recognized by the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) as one of their chosen photographers for the “ASMP Best of 2012.”

His 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): Professional – Fashion Category.

Additionally, Glen had three books published:

“The Journey from Kamakura” is a poignant (and almost true) love story novel about a travel photographer who roams the globe in search of the ultimate experiences life has to offer. Along the way he becomes wildly successful and soon blows through a million dollars. Then in Bangkok he succumbs to self-destructive tendencies that propel him into an excruciating pit of suffering. Eventually he encounters a mysterious woman who re-ignites in him the determination to grapple with his weaknesses and who leads him toward revelations no photograph could every portray. In 2004 this novel won the silver category for “Best First Book / Fiction” in the USA at the Benjamin Franklin Awards.

“Penis Gourds and Moscow Muggings” is a non-fiction compilation of humorous episodes that celebrate cultural differences he encountered during marathon journeys that looped him around the globe several times.

“Thrill Me Rajasthan” is 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.

Follow Glen’s escapades and perspectives:

Tribal Photo Blog


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See his iconic travel imagery from past years at GETTY.

Love Story Novel

Travel Narrative

Glen’s Experience
Thrill Me Rajasthan
Read a review of the book in:
The San Francisco Examiner

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