Alys Tomlinson (born 1975) is a British editorial and fine art documentary photographer based in London.
Tomlinson was born and grew up in Brighton, UK She studied English literature and communications at the University of Leeds. After graduating in the mid-1990s she moved to New York City for a year where she undertook her first commission as a photographer, shooting all the pictures for the Time Out Guide to the city She recently completed a part-time MA in Anthropology of Travel, Tourism, and Pilgrimage (Distinction) at SOAS, the University of London, which ties in with her long-term, personal project about pilgrimage. During each of several later trips to New York City over four years, she walked the 14-mile length of Broadway, making street portraits. This resulted in the book Following Broadway (2013).
Her book Ex-Voto was published by GOST Books in 2019 and she has just self-published her latest book Lost Summer. Alys combines commissioned work for editorial, design, and advertising clients with personal work, which she publishes and exhibits. Alys is currently working on a feature-length documentary film called Mother Vera, which she is co-directing with Cécile Embleton.
Alys Tomlinson won first prize in the prestigious Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2020 for Lost Summer, her series of black and white portraits of London school leavers dressed up for their proms, which were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.