Thomas Kellner's fine art photography changes the object of the image and questions what we see. This continuous reinvention of himself and of the formal method always leads to new options for interpretation.
A selection of Thomas Kellner's work shows analog compositions from the period of 1997 to 2021. Beginning from the idea of Cubism after Delaunay, he transfers the international movement of Deconstructivism from architecture to photography. He photographs buildings, fragments them and assembles them into a heterogeneous conglomerate of forms. And yet, his famous montages of contact sheets are just one type of his multifaceted works. He uses to change our perspective and link art to our thinking. Prof. Irina Chmyreva from the Academy in Moscow defined his work as "visual analytical synthesis".
His numerous pinhole camera projects, including portraits, demonstrate that an image cannot be planned. Each portrait is unique and reveals a new side of photography to its viewer. Documentary photography however, not only mirrors a changing culture and society, but also bears witness to an evolving fine art photography. Kellner's architectural photography opens up a view of the polarity of a building. The appraisal and condemnation of the subject's emerging changes is as dualistic as the architectural entity itself. Whether collage, typology or installation, his works play with our perception: they show us only fragments and then again, the whole. They always open up new points of view.
Thomas Kellner was born in Bonn in 1966. He studied art, sociology, politics and economics at the University of Siegen. In 1996 he received the Kodak Young Talent Award, which encouraged him to live as an artist. Since then, Kellner has been living in Siegen as a photographer and curator of photographic exhibition projects. In 2003 he was appointed to the German Society for Photography (DGPh).
Thomas Kellner has shown his work in solo exhibitions in Germany, Australia, Russia, China, France, Poland, Denmark, Brazil and the USA since 2002. He has been involved in numerous group exhibitions and publications. His works are represented in important private and public collections. Those are for example Fox Talbot Museum, Lacock Abbey, United Kingdom, George Eastman House, Rochester, USA, Library of Congress, Washington, District of Columbia, USA, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA, Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, The Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, USA, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA, The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, among others.
|2019||Spectrum Sotos, Zaragoza, Spain|
Centro Andaluz de la Fotografía, Almería, Spain
American Museum, Bath, United Kingdom
|2018||Gao Xiaohua Museum, Chengdu, Peoples Republic of China|
Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Sydney, Australia
|2017||Reykjavik Museum of Photography, Reykjavik, Iceland|
The Fox Talbot Museum, Lacock, United Kingdom
|2016||in focus Galerie, Cologne, Germany|
Artgalerie, Siegen, Germany
|2015||Ballarat International Photobiennale, Ballarat, Australia|
|2014||photovisa, Krasnodar, Russian Federation|
Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, Peoples Republic of China
Galerie Vrais Reves, Lyon, France
Galeria Sztuki, Zakopane, Poland
|2013||Metenkow House Museum of Photography, Yekaterinburg, Russian Federation|
|2012||Lishui Museum of Photography, Lishui, Peoples Republic of China|
|2010||Deutsches Glasmalereimuseum, Linnich, Germany|
ECCO, Brasília, Brazil
|2009||Galerie Poller, Frankfurt, Germany|
|2008||The Boston Athenaeum, Boston, USA|
Schneider Gallery, Chicago, USA
John Cleary Gallery, Houston, USA
|2006||Stephen Cohen Gallery, Los Angeles, USA|
Cohen Amador Gallery, New York, USA
|2005||Galleri Image, Aarhus, Denmark|
Galeria Athos Bulcao, Brasilia, Brazil
|2004||Neuer Kunstverein Giessen, Germany|
|2003||Rosenberg & Kaufmann Fine Art, New York, USA|
|2002||Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, USA|
|2016||Award of Excellence, The 2nd International Industrial Photography Festival, Shenyang, Tiexi, Peoples Republic of China|
Critical Mass Top 50, Portland, Orego, USA.
|2009||Award of Excellence, Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, Peoples Republic of China.|
4th Fine Art Award by the district Government of Dueren county, Germany.
|1996||Kodak-Award for Young Professional, Stuttgart, Germany.|
|2019||Doações, Museo Nacional da República, Brasília, Brazil|
|2018||Remembering Landscape, The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania|
Analog Schwarzweiss, Fotografie in Westdeutschland 1945 bis 2000 aus der Sammlung Schupmann, Kunsthalle Erfurt, Erfurt, Germany
Landschaft, die sich erinnert, Museum of Contemporary Art, Siegen, Germany
A Survey of Color Photography from its Prehistory to the Present Day, Marshall Fine Art Center, Haverford PA, USA
|2017||Poetics of Light: Pinhole Photography, The National Science and Media Museum, Bradford, United Kingdom|
The Unusual Westlake, China Academy of Art Museum, Hangzhou, Peoples Republic of China
|2016||There was a whole collection made: Photography from Lester and Betty Guttman, SMART Museum, Chicago, IL, USA|
Ao amor do público I - Doações da ArtRio (2012-2015) e MinC/Funarte, Museu de Arte do Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Die Grosse 2016, Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, Germany
|2015||gifts from Nancy and Tom O’Neil, The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, USA|
Timeframes, Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Sydney, Australia
The Aleppo International Photography Festival 2015, Aleppo, Syria
|2014||The Mechanical Corps. On the trails of Jules Verne, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany|
Poetics of Light, New Mexico Museum of History, Santa Fe New Mexico, USA
|2013||The Pierce Collection, The Honolulu Museum of Art, Hawaii, USA|
After Photoshop: Manipulated Photography in the Digital Age, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, USA
The Fogel Collection: A Collection Within a Collection, Marshall Fine Arts Center Atrium Gallery , Haverford College, Haverford, Philadelphia, USA
|2011||Fotografías - Coleção Joaquim Paiva, Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
Unburied Treasures, SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA, USA
|2010||Blind Field: Photography and Place, Silverlens Gallery, Manila, Philipins|
Madrid Oh Cielos!, Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain
|2009||170 Jahre Fotografie, Kamera- und Fotomuseum Leipzig, Germany|
|2008||A mind at play, The Art Institute of Chicago, USA|
|2007||Tower - Idea, Identity, Icon , Hearst Tower, New York, USA|
Thought Provoking - Sense Provoking, Noorderlicht Gallery, Groningen, The Netherlands
|2006||Recent Aquisitions,The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, USA|
|2005||New to View, Recent Aquisitions in Photography, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA, USA|
scatti eoropeei, Fondazione Carige, Genua, Italy
|2004||monument recall, SF Camerawork, San Francisco, USA|
Pieced Together: Photomontages from the Collection, The Art Institute of Chicago, USA
Ars & Archittetura 1900-2000, Palazzo Ducale, Genua, Italy
|2003||Narrascape, The New Art Gallery Walsall, United Kingdom|
|2002||Vues d’architecture, Musée de Grenoble, France|
Fox Talbot Museum, Lacock Abbey, United Kingdom.
George Eastman House, Rochester, USA.
Haverford Collection, Haverford, Philadelphia, USA.
Library of Congress, Washington, District of Columbia, USA.
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, USA.
Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
New Mexico Museum of History, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.
North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, USA.
The Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
The Boston Athenaeum, Boston, USA.
The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, Ohio, USA.
The Hood Museum, Hanover, New Hampshire, USA.
Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA.
Member of VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Germany