Christopher Thomas

Christopher Thomas began his career as an advertiser for German magazines including GEO, Stern, Merian and others. In recent years he has concentrated his efforts on creating portraits of cities including Paris, Venice, the Engadin and New York. Thomas uses Polaroid film and long exposure techniques for this ongoing series.

<span class="title">Lake Sils II<span class="title_comma">, </span></span><span class="year">2013</span>
<span class="title">Lake St Moritz III<span class="title_comma">, </span></span><span class="year">2013</span>
<span class="title">Maloja Snake<span class="title_comma">, </span></span><span class="year">2013</span>
<span class="title">Piz Juier 1<span class="title_comma">, </span></span><span class="year">2012</span>
Christopher Thomas
Lake Sils II, 2013
Archival pigment print
Edition of 15 : 10 3/5 x 31 1/2 in. (27 x 80 cm.)
Edition of 7 : 19 x 5/8 x 47 1/4 in. (50 x 120 cm.)
Edition of 3 : 22 1/4 x 56 5/8 in. (56.5 x 160 cm.)
Edition of 1 : 27 1/2 x 78 x 3/4 in. (70 x 200 cm.)
© Christopher Thomas

As an artist, Christopher Thomas is best known for his elaborate city portraits: tranquil photographs of cityscapes taken with a large-format camera, Polaroid’s Type 55 film and printed on Arches handcrafted paper. But here he bring his unique style of city portraiture originally established with New York Sleeps (2009) and Münchner Elegien (Munich Elegies, 2001–2005) to these captivating, atmospheric images of nature. 


The photographic material Thomas uses – most of which is no longer produced today – ensures that the images are rich in detail. His sensitivity and technical skill enabled his pictures to convey a sense of mystery and peacefulness. 


“In our fast-moving times in which one is confronted with a barrage of incessant communication and a flood of images, Christopher’s contemplative pictures are an invitation to pause a while and dream. The viewer has a feeling of timelessness evoked by the long exposure times that do not capture any momentary movement.” - Ira Stehmann, Editor