Biography

 

Christopher Thomas, born in 1961 in Munich, graduated from the Bayerische Staatslehranstalt für Photographie. Thomas creates black and white images of cities in a state of rest, deserted, like a metropolis holding its breath. His work has received great acclaim for the moments of stillness he captures within the world’s great cultural centers.

Thomas first drew attention as an artist for his Münchner Elegien (Munich Elegies) series exhibited in 2006 at the Fotomuseum München, which he followed with New York Sleeps and Venice in Solitude. His body of work is a stunning collection of urban landscapes the simultaneously feel nostalgic and contemporary. By shooting just before dawn, Thomas is able to reveal the essence of the city, portrayed in its purest form, free from any distraction. Thomas uses a custom made large format camera, Polaroid film, and long exposure times to create his romantic city portraits.

Thomas travels around the world doing journalistic work for National Geographic, Stern,Zeitung Magazin, and Merian.

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2014
Paris City of Light, book presentation & exhibition, Steven Kasher Gallery, New York, at Paris Photo
Venice in Solitude, Galerie Photo 12, Paris
Paris City of Light, book presentation & exhibition, Steven Kasher Gallery, New York
Paris City of Light, Bernheimer Fine Art Photography, Munich
City Portraits: Munich, New York, Venice, Paris, Bernheimer Fine Art, Lucerne
2013
New York Sleeps, Photolux Festival, Lucca
Burnt Women, Bernheimer Fine Art Photography, Munich
2012
Passion – Galerie Photo12, Paris, France
Venice in Solitude – Steven Kasher Gallery, New York City
Venice in Solitude – Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Belgium 
Venice in Solitude – Hamiltons Gallery, London 
Venice in Solitude – Hamiltons Gallery, London
2011
New York Sleeps – The Wapping Project Bankside, London
2010
New York Sleeps- Steven Kasher Gallery, New York
New York Sleeps- Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Antwerp
2005
Schirmer/Mosel Showroom, Munich

 

Selected Group Exhibitions:
2014
Wahrheiten . Werke aus der SØR Rusche Sammlung Oelde/Berlin, group exhibition including Passion #16, Bayer Kulturhaus Leverkusen
150 Years Bernheimer, group exhibition including Munich Elegies, Bernheimer Fine Old Masters and Bernheimer Fine Art Photography, Munich
Passion, Photographs by Christopher Thomas and Lenten veils by Ursula Sax, Museum Kirche zum Heiligen Kreuz, Zittau
2013
Colour Today!, group exhibition including 90 cans series, Bernheimer Fine Art Photography, Munich
seelenblicke, KunstKulturKirche, Frankfurt
Look at me, Photographs by Christopher Thomas and others, CU-1 Gallery, Miami
Leitzachtal, Tannerhof, Bayrischzell
Tracce del XX Seccolo, Photographs by Christopher Thomas and others, Vanitas Gallery, Milan
City Portraits, Venice & New York, Elipsis Gallery, Istanbul
Passion Inri, Christopher Thomas & Ewald Mataré, Sankt Rochus, Düsseldorf
2011
No Title, No Theme – Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Belgium
UNCG Department of Art Faculty Biennial – Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina
Water – Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Antwerp
2008
Sommerausstellung – Galerie artThiess, Munich

 

Selected Publications:
Thomas, Christopher, Ira Stehmann, and Philippa Hurd. Christopher Thomas: Paris: City of Light. Munich: Prestel, 2014
Thomas, Christopher, Ira Stehmann, Albert Ostermaier, and K. A. Perryman.Venice in Solitude. Munich: Prestel, 2012
Thomas, Christopher.  Passion. Prestel Publishing,  2010
Thomas, Christopher, Petra Giloy-Hirtz, Ira Stehmann, Ulrich Pohlmann, and Robert Shamis. New York Sleeps. Munich: Prestel, 2009
Thomas, Christopher. Munich Elegies published by Schirmer / Mosel, 2005