Alan Thomas was raised in Germany, Yugoslavia, and Virginia. He studied photography at Princeton and holds an M.Phil. in English from Oxford. Thomas’s photographs have been exhibited at the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago and other venues. His photographic series Open Secrets: Photographs of Japan, Chicago Self-Park, Calcutta Bookland, and The Blue Corvette have been published with his accompanying essays by Places: Design for the Public Realm and Design Observer. He lives in Chicago, where he is editorial director for the humanities and social sciences at the University of Chicago Press.