Thomas Barrow, who was born in Kansas City, Missouri, studied with Aaron Siskind at the Art Institute of Design, Chicago, and graduated with an M.A. in graphic design in 1967. He also studied film with Jack Ellis at Northwestern University. At the George Eastman House, he was Curator of Exhibitions in 1965, Assistant Director from 1971-1972, and became editor of Image in 1972. The Associate Director of the University Art Museum, University of New Mexico, from 1973-1976, Barrow began teaching photography in the Art Department in 1976 and was Acting Director of the University Art Museum in 1985. He has received two NEA Photographers Fellowships (1973; 1978) and is also a publication designer.