Glen Allison, Visual Artist

I’m a fine art photographer and writer based in Bangkok, Thailand. I travel lightly, my bag holds only a few changes of clothes, a 15-inch MacBook Pro and a single Canon EOS 5D Mark III camera with five lenses. My photographs have been published more than 75,000 times in a majority of the world’s leading travel publications and I’m the original founder of the Stock Artist’s Alliance, a trade association that represented stock photographers worldwide. I’m also active in the Soka Gakkai International (SGI), a lay Buddhist organization dedicated to peace, culture and education and I have a degree in architecture from UC Berkeley.

Additionally, I’ve published three books:

“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 the pit of suffering. Eventually he encounters a mysterious woman in Southeast Asia, 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 United State at the Benjamin Franklin Awards.

“Penis Gourds and Moscow Muggings” is a non-fiction compilation of humorous episodes that celebrate cultural differences I encountered during my last marathon journey a decade ago that looped me 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.

You can follow my escapades and perspectives:

Travel Photo Blog

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Or see more of my iconic travel imagery at these stock photo portals:


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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