In his photographic work Tim McLaughlin is fascinated by portraiture. He claims that for him photography is graphic ontology. 

In partnership with Charllotte Kwon and Maiwa Handprints, Tim documents artisan communities and advocates for the importance and continuation of traditional craft and culture. This collaboration provides the moment to take photographic work into new areas and to work on larger projects. Most recently, Charllotte and Tim worked together to produce Textiles of the Banjara: Cloth and Culture of a Wandering Tribe Thames and Hudson, 2016.

In 2014 his book Portraits Found and Taken was awarded second in the PX3 Paris Photo Prize. 

Over twenty-five years Tim has been active in experimental radio, hypertext fiction (he is included in the Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada), graphic design, book production, and documentary film. A more extensive list of early works can be found at Ampersand & Company. Tim McLaughlin is also the editor of Image on Paper a collection of essays and reviews.