Thomas Downs has been taking pictures from a very early age. His first camera of choice was a kodak disc camera of his grandmother's on a long trip to Florida. After that, he started borrowing his mother's rangefinder and found his calling. Throughout high school he was obsessed with the dark room and was shooting anything he could. After high school, he joined the air force and became a military videographer and still photographer. For the next 12 years, he shot video from planes and helicopters.
He documented deployments, edited videos, and produced training tapes and award ceremony events. Looking for a change, Tom left the military and began his freelance career. Since then he has been shooting political events, editorial work, corporate events and commercial work. Since his move to New York, he is mainly a still shooter. In addition, he has started doing post production work for film and television.