"His photographic assaults stretch from il Colosseo and la Tour Eiffel to Times Square and the Golden Gate Bridge, and at this point very few major American or European Cities are innocent of his fracturing gaze.
Richard Wendorf about Thomas Kellner
I want to break manifold ways of perception to my audience. My main interests have always been in finding strong visual languages that are powerful enough to tell us something about their subjects that more "realistic" images cannot do. Right from the beginning of my studies, my basic interest was in experimental and conceptual photography. I created different pinhole series, photogram work and printings in alternative techniques, such as cyanotype, saltpaper and others.
When Kodak Germany awarded me the Young Professionals Prize, I decided on a life in art and photography. In 1997, I finally started working on the contact sheet method to visually deconstruct architectural icons. My trademark style was born. Since then, I have been shooting prominent monuments all over the world. My images are asking to challenge usual perspectives – the buildings seem to be broken apart, dancing and remind us of the vulnerability of our values and creations.
Thomas Kellner has shown his work in solo exhibitions in: Aarhus, Brasilia, Boston, Chicago, Cologne, Giessen, Hamburg, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Portland, Siegen, Stuttgart, among others.
His work has been shown in important group exhibitions, such as...
After Photoshop: Manipulated Photography in the Digital Age
The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston Texas USA, 2013
"Madrid Oh Cielos!"
Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain, curated by Luis Pereira, 2010
"A mind at play"
The Art Institute of Chicago, USA, 2008
"Pieced Together: Photo Montage from the Collection"
The Art Institute of Chicago, 2004
"Ars & Archittetura 1900–2000"
Palazzo Ducale, Genoa/Italy, 2004
Musée de Grenoble/France, 2002.
Thomas Kellner’s work has been published around the world. Important publications have been:
2014: "Thomas Kellner: genius loci" seltmann + söhne, Lüdenscheid /Berlin
"Thomas Kellner: genius loci" Metenkow House Museum of Photography Yekaterinburg
"Thomas Kellner: Contacts 1997-2013" Galerie Vrais Reves, Lyon
"Thomas Kellner Kontakt" seltmann+söhne Lüdenscheid/Berlin
2013: "Thomas Kellner: Houston we've had a problem" seltmann + söhne, Lüdenscheid /Berlin
2012: "Thomas Kellner & Dirk Müller. Wir sind von Idealbildern umgeben" ars victoria Siegen
2011: "Thomas Kellner: Mexiko", Lüdenscheid/Berlin.
2010: "Thomas Kellner: Brasilia 50 years of a modern utopia",
2009: "Thomas Kellner: Farbwelt 135-36", Siegen & Düren.
2008: "Thomas Kellner: All shook up", The Boston Athenaeum.
2007: "Thomas Kellner: Dancing Walls" published by galleries.
2005: "Thomas Kellner: Tango Metropolis", Galleri Image,
2004: "Ars & Architettura 1900–2000", Skira Genova/Italy.
2003: Aperture, New York, USA.
"Thomas Kellner: Ozymandias", Fotogallery,
2002: "Vues d’Architectures, Photographies des XIXième et XXième siècles",
Musée de Grenoble/France.
2001: "Thomas Kellner: Monuments", Städtische Galerie Iserlohn &
in focus Galerie am Dom, Cologne.
Thomas Kellner’s work is included, e. g. in the collections of:
Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, USA
The Boston Athenaeum, Boston, MA, USA
George Eastman House, Rochester, NY, USA
Haverford Collection, Haverford, PA, USA
The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, Ohio, USA
Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA, USA
The Art Institute of Chicago, Collection of Photography, Chicago, IL, USA
Fidelity Investments Corporate Art COllection, Boston, MA, New York, NY, Singapore
Wellington Management Company, Art COllection, Boston, MA, USA
Thomas Kellner is represented by galleries in Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Munich and Cologne among others.