Thomas Meyer

Thomas Meyer

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Thomas Meyer
* 1967 – based in Berlin

Thomas Meyer is born in 1967 in Delmenhorst near Bremen. Until 1996 he studies at the University of the Arts Bremen. For his graduation work (supermarkets in East Germany) he is awarded the BFF-Förderpreis. It is the style of this early piece of work, that becomes characteristic for his later photography as well: clear lines, graphic image structure and a cautious view on the world. After graduation he moves to Berlin where he works freelance while studying under Arno Fischer; in 2000 he joins OSTKREUZ. Thomas Meyer takes assignments from corporations as well as from major publishing houses. From 2004 to 2006 he directed the FAZ-campaign “Dahinter steckt immer ein kluger Kopf” for Scholz and Friends. Thomas Meyer is specialized in portrait photography; his pictures always have a special ring to them: even people who are photographed on a regular basis – politicians, actors etc. that is –, are always surprised by how distinguished they appear on his shots. He teaches at the OSTKREUZSCHULE for photography as well as on the HTW Berlin. His work can be seen in many solo- and group exhibitions. In Nyon and Munich e.g. he exhibited his series “Inside Stasi” in the context of which he tracks down and resurrects the cellars and bunkers of the STASI surveillance body. For the series “Makeshifts”, a plastic bag becomes a lampshade, a tissue package an Ipod cover and a fin is used as a doorstop. These items – initially intended as a temporary replacement –, become in their very own way legitimate in Thomas Meyers photographs. He works and lives in Berlin.

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