Tom is a Berlin-based writer, photographer and documentary producer who has worked with Lonely Planet since 2003. Since then he has contributed to over 30 Lonely Planet guides, including being the main author of Europe on a Shoestring, Eastern Europe and the London city guide. His work has taken around the world, from Central Asia and West Africa to South America and North Korea.
Tom grew up in the UK obsessed with the unknown and far away, dreaming since he could walk of going to the most obscure place on earth, which in the 1980s meant the USSR and former Eastern Bloc. Despite the communist world collapsing before he could get there, Tom got the Russia bug badly and went on to study Russian literature at the University of London.
After graduating Tom went to work in Russia as a journalist at The St Petersburg Times. This first writing job took him on to work at the BBC World Service in London, and as a freelance contributor to newspapers and magazines around the world, as well as working in documentary production for UK and US television companies.
Now based in Berlin, Tom indulges his love of communist architecture by living on Karl-Marx-Allee in Friedrichshain, but still returns regularly to the former Soviet Union for work. His most recent projects include guides to France, Central Asia and the Caribbean. You can see his photography and read his blog at tommasters.net.
- Full Name Tom Masters
- Country Germany
- Gender Male
- Website www.tommasters.net
- Languages French, Russian, German, Spanish, some Chinese and Arabic
- Favourite Places Kamarata Valley, Venezuela; Berlin; Faroe Islands; Caucasus Mountains, Georgia; Havana, Cuba
- Interests Politics, Art, Architecture, Languages, Literature, Music, Diving, Walking, Dictatorships