Thomas Kelly first came to Nepal in 1978 as a US Peace Corps Volunteer and has since worked as a photo-activist, documenting the struggles of marginalized people and disappearing cultural traditions all over the world. Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, he has been recording the lives of sex workers and the traditions of prostitution across South Asia. Thomas has worked extensively for UNICEF, GIZ, Save the Children Fund, DFID, Aga Khan Foundation, and the Institute of Child Health on the subject of child prostitution, trafficking, safer motherhood, saving newborn lives, conflict and resolution, and numerous other subjects. His editorial work has appeared in publications worldwide including the New York Times, Time, Newsweek, National Geographic, and The Observer. He currently represents Hinduism Today magazine, based out of Hawaii.
Apart from photography, he has produced and directed films and videos on prostitution, violence against women, esoteric ethnic practices, among other subjects for Discovery Communications, National Geographic, and the BBC. Through his research and photography, he has contributed to the following books: Himalayan Style: Sacred Landscape-Pilgrimage in Tibet, In Search of the Lost Kingdom of Bon, Tibet: Reflections from the Wheel of Life, The Hidden Himalayas, Kathmandu: City on the Edge of the World, Fallen Angels: Sex Workers of South Asia, The Tibetan Book of the Dead, Millennium: Tribal Wisdom and the Modern World, and Cultural Traditions on Hinduism-Sadhus.