Born in Dorset, artist Tom Hunter moved to Hackney, London in 1986. He graduated from London College of Printing in 1994 and from the Royal College of Art in 1997. In 1998 Hunter received the John Kobal Photographic Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery for the work Woman Reading a Possession Order. Compositionally based on a Vermeer painting, the photograph reflected the reality of Hunter's life in squatted housing in Hackney, using those around him as models. Amongst other social and political themes, Hunter's work in photography and film has continued to reflect his deep knowledge of east London, drawing from the headlines of the Hackney Gazette, histories of the area and his relationships to the people who live there. His solo exhibitions have included Life and Death in Hackney, White Cube, London, 2000; Living in Hell and Other Stories, National Gallery, London 2005-2006 (where he was the first artist to have a photography show); Flashback, Museum of London, 2009-2010; and, most recently, Unheralded Stories at Purdy | Hicks Gallery. His work is included in collections at the National Gallery, London; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and the Saatchi Collection, London. He is currently a Senior Research Fellow at London College of Communication.