Tom Paiva

Tom Paiva

Tom Paiva is a professional, freelance photographer based in California where he has had his business for over 20 years.  He specializes in photography of industrial and maritime settings, as well as architecture and interiors.

His long term passion is night photography and he loves to create images of urban settings on film, frequently with a large format camera.  He was a co-founder of The Nocturnes, a group of night photographers who had a landmark exhibit in San Francisco in 1991 (

In 2002, he published a book, “Industrial Night”, containing moody color images of industrial settings at night.

He has co-lead photo workshops on night photography and view camera use over the past 15 years and has had several articles on these subjects in photographic magazines.

He was educated at the San Francisco Academy of Art, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photography.