Thomas Kellner

The Artist


“Who would have thought that so much wonder could still be created with straight photographs in a time given to digital manipulation?” Alan G. Artner, Chicago Tribune


German photo artist Thomas Kellner is known for his photographs of seemingly dancing architectural exteriors and interiors of tourist attractions from all over the world. Even though his photographs show popular motives that have been mass-produced, his work is unique due to his new artistic method called “visual analytical synthesis” in which he does not take one shot but several thoughtfully planned ones in order to create a picture out of contact sheets. His work is often referred to Cubism considering that his creative process includes a construction but the results resemble a deconstruction.  Thomas Kellner’s works imitate the wandering look of the eye, showing us segments of the total which come together as one image. Therefore his photographs do not deconstruct architecture but reconstruct our view on it. At the same time his work also reflects the flood of pictures we live in nowadays and furthermore contains the question of decaying cultural values.




German television program about Thomas Kellner, WDR (2005):


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

"Vues d’architecture"

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",
ARP, Brasilia.
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.



Thomas Kellner is also currently member of various associations. Read more >>>

Projects & Initiatives

Thomas Kellner organised and curated a lot of projects. Read more >>>

Professional Work

Thomas Kellner also gave lectures and worked as a reviewer. Read more >>>