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"Ga-Ken Wan follows his own fascinations and doesn't flinch from the challenges...photographs which capture something of the modern urban experience."
- The Scotsman

"His eye has a way of alchemizing every social encounter into something at once synaptic and fresh, yet cool and composed... the hipper, headier, film-version of our lives."
- Lock Up Your Daughters

"Such an incredible eye, backed up by a sublime technical mastery" - Martin Firrell

My name's Tommy (29, Glasgow), I'm a photographer. I have a collection of my best work here, which is a good starting point if you've just stumbled across this page.

I work internationally, photographing theatre, opera and film sets. I'm also the resident judge on The Big Shot (Channel 5, Singapore).

Any comments which are disparaging or insulting to the people in my photo's will be removed.

All my images are for sale as prints or are available to be licensed, and I'm available for commissions worldwide. For more information, contact me at


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    Taylor Bradberry says:

    "The ability to capture any type of scenario is a quality that I find totally amazing. I regularly peruse your photostream and absolutely love it. Great work man."

    January 3rd, 2013

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    Rebecka Wolfe says:

    "If you think you're at the top of your game as a photographer, then you've not seen Tommy Ga Ken Wan.

    Most photographers can leave you impressed with their work. Few can change the way you see your own.

    Inspiring work, always."

    November 30th, 2011

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    michaelnyc says:

    "Beautiful, inspiring, creative, original work! Thank you for sharing your gift!"

    April 27th, 2011

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    treypaul (formally says:

    "Tommy, I haven't look at your stream for some time. And you have really developed a great art. I mean really, really good stuff. Congrats.


    April 16th, 2011

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    BrutalisTeXile says:

    "I've actually had the time to properly look at your work and its lovely, you have managed to capture the essence of lots of characters I love. I would love to work with you on a shoot sometime. As you know I dont really do people and you do people so well. Hopefully interesting times ahead."

    July 8th, 2010

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    Genergrohl says:

    "your works are so amazing... vivid deep reality.."

    August 3rd, 2009

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    Austin Russie says:

    "Truly inspiring. Just viewing his stream over time has influenced me more than any other photographer on Flickr. One of my favorite photographers, hands down. Absolute best scenery and colors in every photo released. Keep at it man, definitely one of my biggest influences."

    July 27th, 2009

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    Conor (redstringsofprayer) says:

    "i like how tommys photos capture day to day life but in a more special way!"

    May 10th, 2009

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    .ar(t)kadas says:

    "one of the best fotografer i saw here on flickr."

    March 31st, 2009

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    TROOFIRE says:

    "Tommy's pictures combine the best of two cultures. Totally unique vision and technical excellence. I wish I could walk a few feet behind him and see his world as he sees it. I'm so impressed by his work."

    January 18th, 2009

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    іgor says:

    "i like his great night photos with beautiful bokehs and interesting mood"

    October 11th, 2008

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    Markus Bollingmo says:

    "This boy and his photos make me dream..."

    July 10th, 2008

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    a la corey says:

    "Tommy is one of the most brilliant photographers I have seen. Not just on Flickr but ever. As a photojournalist I try very hard to capture moments that Tommy seems to do so effortlessly. I am always amazed at his work, the soul of each picture. The cinematic feel and emotions they invoke are awe inspiring. I hope to one day attain at least a smidgen of talent that he posseses."

    July 8th, 2008

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    johnwalford says:

    "Tommy Ga-Ken Wan is the master of mood creation, and understands the power of light and color, as well as framing, and composition, as good as the best. He simply knows how to create it, and seems to have in his circle of friends excellent and fitting models for the world he evokes. When I see Tommy's work, I think, "film stills" loaded with pungent atmosphere, strong, like a shot of Scotch! - Well, but then what would you expect, from someone based in Glasgow!?"

    May 27th, 2008

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    mogh says:

    "Tommy took photos of a music video shoot I directed in Glasgow. His pictures were amazing and helped inform the final look of the film. His photos have a real sense of timelessness to them. He is truly talented in the real sense of the word."

    April 9th, 2008

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    noll32 says:

    "Tommy is an inspirational figure, fills with so much talents. His photos are brilliant but rather hard to describe in words, since they could mean so many things. I'm glad that he share a part of his life with us on flickr."

    March 22nd, 2008

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    Eric Hands says:

    "Tommy has been kind enough to mention my influence in his profile. Yet from the first glimpse I ever saw of his work I was immediately seduced by his originality and talent - and strongly feel that 'we ain't seen nothin' yet'. I like your self-description, Tommy, but I feel that you are playing with us - there is a flame burning inside this guy that most of us can only dream of. Here's to the future !"

    March 18th, 2008

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    Peter Denton says:

    "TGKW - Tommy - is one of those rare photographers who, at a remarkably young age, has developed his own unique style - and has stamped it on all his images, which largely concentrate on people and the human condition. His work ranges from elegant portraits to candid street shots - often exhilarating, always interesting. Take a look and see!"

    February 18th, 2008

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    G.Gunn says:

    "I am impressed by him, I am inspired by him, and I envy him. Wan's photographic vision is unparalleled and every one of his photographs manage to captivate the viewer. His masterful use of light, shadow, and colour turns an otherwise ordinary moment into a fantastical visual piece in the likes of a film.

    Magnum photos, you better consider having some of those old geezers retire soon; there's a new kid on the block."

    February 1st, 2008

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    x-over ♂ & ♂ & ☺ says:

    "Toomy's photostream is a great photo-journey.

    really great stuff :)

    January 11th, 2008

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    teenage jesus says:

    "Flickr is a website where people exceed in pompous statements and also a place where you can find a large number of talented amateurs with a figurative sensitivity but who lack even the fundamentals of the photographic technique.
    Today, after stumbling upon Tommy Ga-Ken Wan's photostream, I can honesty write I have found a photographer , who possesses both sensitivity and technique. At the same time he has an eye to take very lively portraits - whether staged or candid - and to get the best from the light. A beatiful photostream."

    November 19th, 2007

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    Zach_ManchesterUK says:

    "Far, far too many photographs to fave! I am completely stunned, flabbergasted, envious and delighted by the range of photos in this stream. I love the cinematic feel and relaxed portraits. I am thankful that he is generous enough to give information on how he set up certain shots. I always am thankful when people do that, being a beginner myself."

    November 13th, 2007

Tommy Ga-Ken Wan 溫嘉勤
July 2007
Glasgow, Scotland
I am:
tgkwan [at]