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I was born in 1946, in San Francisco, United States. As the son of an American Indian and a white American mother, I grew up on the vast open plains of the American West. In 1969 I completed a BA in Special Studies – Art, Philosophy and Literature (cum laude), at the Humbolt State University, and in 1972 I gained an MA in Art (with distinction in Photography), from University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. I moved to the United Kingdom in the early seventies and began work at the Glasgow School of Art, where I established the Department of Photography in 1982. I still live and work in Glasgow, and my current position is Senior Researcher and Professor of Fine Art, The Glasgow School of Art.

Awards I have attained include last year becoming a Royal Scottish Academician; in 2005 I was awarded a Creative Scotland Award; in 1999 the Major Artist’s Award, Lannan Foundation, Santa Fe; in 1994 the Major Artists Award, Scottish Arts Council, Edinburgh, and in 1978, the National Endowment for the Arts, Photography Fellow, Washington, D.C.

I have exhibited widely in major international venues, including The Tate, St Ives, UK; Esbjerg Museum of Modern Art, Esbjerg, Denmark; Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, USA; Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon; The Modern Art Museum of Forth Worth, and the Serpentine Gallery, London.

My work is held in many important collections such as The Art Institute of Chicago, USA; The Arts Council of Great Britain, London; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore; La Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; Boston Museum of Fine Art, Boston; Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderna, Los Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain; The International Museum of Photography, George Eastman House, Rochester, USA; The J. Paul Getty Museum, The Sam Wagstaff Collection, Los Angeles; Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow; Los Angeles County Art Museum, Los Angeles and many others.

Thomas Joshua Cooper