Biography and Curriculum Vitae


Danish born Klaus Thymann is the founder of Project Pressure and also a multi award winning photographer, filmmaker and creative director. He has developed an original viewpoint having worked across a wide range of subjects and media. He utilises a cross-disciplinary skillset combining in-depth digital knowledge, image making, mapping, documentary and exploration.

Throughout his practice, Thymann reveals a deeply held interest in the act of exploring – both in a physical sense and in a more conceptual manner; one of seeking out new practices and experimenting with new techniques and approaches.

He has been featured by BBC, CNN, NPR, Wired, The Guardian, National Geographic, AnOther Magazine, Vice, Creative Review and more, has created global work for brands like Nike, Sony, Johnnie Walker and Nokia. He regularly contributes to i-D Magazine, The Guardian, New York Times, Wired and others.

Thymann has guest lectured at Oxford University, The Photographers' Gallery and Central St. Martins College of Art and Design.

Thymann started working as a photographer at the age of fourteen photographing tourists in Copenhagen for the Canal Tour, and began working for publications during his teenage years. In 1996 he was the youngest ever winner of the Scandinavian Kodak Gold Award, in 2013 he won the Sony World Photography Award.

In 1997 he co-founded a magazine, Virus, a biannual publication with in-depth features. Virus was the first magazine to uncover Echelon (the popular name to describe a signal intelligence system capable of interception and communication content). The feature ultimately led to an investigation by a committee of the European Parliament with a report published in 2001.

A significant body of work is Hybrids, which was produced over a period of four years when Thymann mapped peculiar hybrid cultures around the planet, such as Snow Polo in St. Mortiz, Gay Rodeo in LA, Underwater Striptease in Chile, Underground Gardening in Tokyo.

In 2008 he founded Project Pressure, a crowdsourced glacier archive. In a very short time, Project Pressure has achieved an incredible amount. It has pioneered innovative new technological developments and forged partnerships with prestigious scientific bodies including World Glacier Monitoring Service and NASA. In 2011 Project Pressure was recognized as an official contributor to GTN-G (Global Terrestrial Network for Glaciers). Further recognition has come in from of funding from prestigious beneficiaries including The Queen of Denmark and Arts Council England. His devotion and passion for this project has encouraged him to study a degree in Environmental Studies at The Open University to further his knowledge in this field.

Through out his career Thymann has directed films and undertaken pro bono assignments for charities and NGOs such as The World Health Organization, UNICEF, Wildlife Trust, Red Cross, London Cycling Campaign, The Homeless World Cup, Teenage Cancer Trust, Women for Women and more.

Born in Copenhagen in 1974.

2015 BSc (Hons) in Environmental Studies, Open University, UK
2014 Wilderness Medical Training, Courses for Explorers “Far From Help”
2013 4x4 Land Rover Defender “MudMaster”
2012 Full Member (experienced mountaineer) Alpine Club
2005 PADI Advance Open Water
1993 Graduate Marie Kruse Gymnasium (college), Denmark

Career Profile
2012-current: Chair Business & Development Committee (DACS)
2011-current: Board Member of Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS)
2008-current: Artistic Director Project Pressure

Distinctions, Awards and Grants
2014 Winner Photo District News, 2014 Photo Annual
2013 Winner Sony World Photography Award: ‘ Fashion & Beauty Photographer of the Year’
2013 Shortlisted for ‘Inntravel Award’ at Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival
2013 Production support Hasselblad
2012 Winning Entry Editorial Category Creative Review Photo Annual
2012 Getty Images Creative Grants for Project Pressure
2011 Arts Council England, grant for Project Pressure
2011 Danish Arts Council, production grant
2010 Danish Arts Council, production grant
2011 Winner Timed to Perfection competition hosted by Wired
2010 Gold Award finalist, Campaign Photo Award for Project Pressure
2010 Winner D&AD, best use of photography (Contributing to EXIT Magazine AW09)
2009 Merit at Fujifilm Distinctions Awards 2008
2008 Winner of production grant for a short film sponsored by Sony Playstation
2008 In book for Orgreen campaign at the Association of Photographers Awards
2008 Winner ‘Best Out-Door’ Danish Advertising Awards for Coca Cola
2006 Selected for ’New Photographers’ at International Advertising Festival in Cannes
2003 Winner of ‘Best Photographer’ at the Danish Advertising Awards
2002 Winner of Clio Silver Award for
2002 Shortlisted at Cannes Lion Advertising Festival
2000 Winner of Best Music Video at the Danish Grammy Awards
1999 Nominated for ‘Best Music Video’ at the Danish Grammy Awards
1998 Winner of ‘Music Photo of the Year’, a prize given out by the Danish Musicians Society
1997 Winner Bronze Cannes Lion at International Advertising Festival in Cannes
1996 Youngest ever winner of the Scandinavian Kodak Gold Award

Lectures and Panels
2014 Lecture at 125Live “Story Telling in Image Making”, London
2014 V-1 Gallery Talk (presenting Project Pressure)
2014 Lecture at COST “Mapping, the convergence of art and science”, Ancona
2013 Panellist PhotoTALK, World Photo London
2013 Speaker at ‘Rise Above’, McCann Health hosted event Tokyo
2013 Speaker at Oxford University (presenting Project Pressure)
2011 Lecture at Sapenzia, University of Rome
2011 Panellist at World Copyright Summit
2011 Talk ‘Extreme Island Exploration’ by Klaus Thymann hosted by i-D Magazine and Diesel
2011 Panellist ‘Artists’ Futures’ chaired by Paul Hobson, Director, Contemporary Art Society
2010 Artist talk hosted by British Journal of Photography and The Photographers' Gallery
2008 Lecture at Central St. Martins
2007 Lecture at Central St. Martins
1997 Main speaker ‘Danish Advertising Now’ hosted by Creative Circle
1994-1997 Annual workshop at Kolding School of Design

Solo Exhibitions
2015 Timezone at The Supermarket, New York
2010 ‘Klaus Thymann for i-D’ at BBlessing, New York
2008 HYBRIDS, Exposure, London
2007 HYBRIDS book launch and solo exhibition at DreamBag Jaguar shoes, London
2007 HYBRIDS book launch and solo exhibition at V1 Gallery, Copenhagen
2007 HYBRIDS book launch and solo exhibition at Wild Project, New York
2006 ‘I can’t see what you are saying’ at B&B Premium in conjunction with ArtMBassy, Berlin
2006 Gallery, London
2005 r-s-v-p Gallery, Munich
2004 ‘Because my phone is not a camera’ at Viaux Gallery, Hamburg

Group Exhibitions
2015 NEO Artprize 2015 Finalist, Balton
2015 Nordic House Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh
2014 125 Live at Londonnewcastle, London
2013 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London
2012 Featured artist in Contemporary Art Society Leap! Gala
2011 Menonsyne selected for The-Event at Grand Union, Birmingham
2011 Menonsyne public screening at Big Screen Project, New York
2011 CITIES: visionary places at Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles
2011 After the crash at Orto Botanico UNESCO heritage site (with catalogue), Rome
2010 Copenhagen Photofestival, large prints installed in public spaces, Copenhagen
2010 ‘Haiti FOTORELIEF’ at Milk Gallery, New York
2009 Museum Centro Arti Visive Pescheria, Pesaro, Italy – ‘Mnenosyne’, video installation and prints
2009 Seven Star Gallery, Berlin
2007 Group show at Paul Smith’s Space Gallery, Tokyo
2004 Onedotzero at Institute of Contemporary Art, London

Victor (Hasselblad, 2014)
‘Sony World Photography Awards 2013’ (WPO, 2013
‘Inventory of Norwegian Glaciers’, (NVE, 2012)
‘The European Project Immersion in Scientific Words Through Arts’ (ISWA, 2011)
‘50 top contemporary fashion photographers’ (DAAB, 2009)
‘Association of Photographers Awards’ book (AoP, 2008)
‘HYBRIDS by Klaus Thymann’ introductory drawings by David Shrigley (SQUASH’EM, 2007)
‘New Face of Portraiture’ (IdN, 2007)
‘History of Danish Photography’ (Kunstbogklubben, 2004)
‘Modeleksikon’ (Politiken 2002)

Pro Bono and Charitable Work
2015 Writing, directing film for The Wildlife Trust, England
2013 Writing, directing and photographing campaign for Ruas E Pracas, working w. Brazil street kids.
2013 Photo lecture in aid of Women for Women, helping women survivors of war.
2013 Directing 45 sec film for London Cycling Campaign
2011 Donating edition print for charity auction benefitting Japan Rising
2010 Donating edition print for charity auction benefiting ROSE Charities
2009 Creating images for use by London Cycling Campaign
2009 Donating edition print for charity auction benefiting Kids Company
2009 Donating edition print for charity auction benefiting Teenage Cancer Trust
2006 Directing a short documentary film for The Homeless World Cup, following a South African player in the lead up and during the tournament
2005 Donating edition print for charity auction benefiting Tsunami Fotorelief
2004 Special assignment for Dazed publishing to benefit Cancer Research UK
2002 In Kenya directing a TVC for The World Health Organization and UNICEF, featuring the Kenya long distance running Olympic medalists
1999 Print information campaign for Red Cross

Publications and Broadcast (selected)
i-D, New York Times, National Geographic, The Guardian, The Observer, POP, V Magazine, Vman, Details, Dazed & Confused, Wired, L'Officiel Hommes, EXIT, The Face, Un-titled project, Black Book, GQ, Vs, The Fader, Big Magazine, Tank, Flaunt, British Journal of Photography, 125 Magazine, Financial Times, Danish Broadcast, BBC, CNN

Commissioned Work
Hayward Gallery London, Levi's, Nike, Jordan, Adidas, Johnny Walker, Dr Martens, Ralph Lauren, Johnny Walker, Nokia, Reebok, Speedo, Umbro, Canon, Selfridges, Asics, Garnier, Lenovo, T-Mobile, SonyEricsson, Vodafone, Target, BMW Motorcycles, Nieman Marcus, Carlsberg, Ellesse, Orgreen, Sony Playstation, PS2, SAS, Bogner, Jaguar, Audi