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">Metropolitan Museum, New York<span class="title_comma">, </span></span><span class="year">c 2009</span>
<span class="title">Brooklyn Bridge III, New York<span class="title_comma">, </span></span><span class="year">2008</span>
<span class="title">Madison Square Park II, New York<span class="title_comma">, </span></span><span class="year">2008</span>
<span class="title">Brooklyn Bridge II, New York<span class="title_comma">, </span></span><span class="year">2001</span>
<span class="title">Grand Central Terminal II, New York<span class="title_comma">, </span></span><span class="year">2001</span>
Christopher Thomas
Metropolitan Museum, New York, c 2009
Archival pigment print
Large, edition of 7: 40 5/8 x 53 1/8 in. (103 x 135 cm.)
Small, edition of 25: 22 x 29 7/8 in. (56 x 76 cm.)
© Christopher Thomas

Christopher Thomas’ signature style of city portraiture captures New York’s architectural splendour. Taking pictures without people or traffic, the city’s facades, squares and avenues as their architects would have imagined them. The series was first published by Presel Publishing as New York Sleeps(2009) and includes the city’s most important as well as more discreet monuments.


Thomas takes these pictures often in the early hours of dawn or by moonlight. His equipment comprises a large-format camera, a selection of lenses, a tripod, a dark velvet cloth and many boxes of Polaroid Type 55 film. This film, little of which remains today, ensures that the images are rich in detail, conveying a reverence to the buildings and spaces he chooses to picture. 


One of the fortunate consequences of shooting with little light and long exposures is the subtle luminosity that radiates from these images. This imbues an understated lushness…” – Bob Shamis, Author, New York Sleeps (2009)