From 1969 he started to take photographs professionally. In the 1970s, he documented the Czech music scene, theater and architecture. In 1981 he went to Sweden for ten years, later to Amsterdam. He has exhibited in European museums and galleries (Canon Photo Gallery in Amsterdam 1981, Kunstindustrimuseum in Copenhagen 1983, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen 1984, Henie-Onstad Kunstsentret in Oslo 1984) and published in European photographic magazines. His works are represented in important photographic collections. In 1982, he received the "Cultural Prize" of the Swedish National Cultural Council in Stockholm. His first photographic book "Women" with poems by Jaroslav Seifert was published in the Netherlands.
Malá Strana  and Hradčany became the main theme of his free creation. Other ensembles were created at the same time: Still Life, Nudes and Portraits. In addition to author exhibitions, Stanislav Tůma organized group exhibitions of photographers and artists in the Czech Republic and abroad.
In the spring of 1990, he returned permanently to Prague, where he published his next book, entitled "Suburbium Pragense", which was awarded the title "The Most Beautiful Photographic Publication of 1997". His book "Prager Motive" won the "Best Photographic Publication with Text" award in 2004.
His role models were Josef Sudek, Jindřich Štyrský, Jiří Sever and in the last years of his life Jan Svoboda.