Christopher Thomas (Munich, 1961) attended schools in Germany, Brazil and the United States, and completed training in photography at the Bavarian State Institute for Photography. For the last twenty-five years Christopher Thomas has gained renown as an advertising photographer. Nonetheless, his artistic work has become increasingly significant over the past decade, during which prominent photo galleries, museums as well as celebrated collections worldwide have acclaimed, exhibited and purchased his works. For his photo reportages commissioned by the German magazines GEO, Stern, Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin, Merian and others, as well as for his advertising campaigns, Christopher Thomas has been the recipient of international awards.
As an artist Christopher Thomas is best known through his exceptional city portraits: Tranquil photographs of cityscapes taken with a large-format camera and printed on handcrafted paper.
Munich Elegies, the first of the city portrait series, was followed by New York Sleeps, shot between 2001 and 2009. New York Sleeps was published by Prestel, first edition 2009 (sixth edition 2012) and was winner of the German Photography Book Prize. In 2010 Christopher Thomas succeeded in realizing a deeply moving project: during rehearsals by amateur actors for the Oberammergau Passion Play Christopher Thomas created a cycle of unique portraits which are reminiscent of paintings by the old masters and which capture the energy of the play in an unparalleled manner.
Christopher Thomas’ Polaroid series, Venice in Solitude – his latest city portrait series – has recently been presented at galleries and art fairs worldwide.