Klaus Thymann, Biography

Danish born Klaus Thymann is 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, utilising a cross-disciplinary skillset combining in-depth digital knowledge, image making, mapping, documentary and exploration.

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 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. Project Pressure has achieved an incredible amount; 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.

Throughout his practice, Thymann reveals a deeply held interest in the act of exploring and mapping – 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, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, Vice, Creative Review and more, has created global work for brands like Nike, Sony and Johnnie Walker. He regularly contributes to i-D Magazine, The Guardian, New York Times, Wired and others.

Through out his career Thymann has consulted 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 DACS and more.

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


Klaus Thymann, CV

Born in Copenhagen in 1974.



2016 Cave Diver, Nitrox and Side Mount Diver with IANTD Diver

2015 BSc (Hons) in Environmental Studies, Open University, UK

2014 Wilderness Medical Training, Courses for Explorers “Far From Help”

2013 4×4 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

2015- current: Reappointed Board Member of Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS)

2012-current: Chair Business & Development Committee (DACS)

2011 Appointed Board Member of Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS)

2008-current: Director Project Pressure


Distinctions, Awards and Grants

2016 Nominated for Prix Pictet 2017

2016 Winner Photo District News, The Great Outdoors (Underwater)

2016 Shortlisted Royal Photographic Society RPS International Print Competition 159

2016 Shortlisted for Red Bull Illume

2015 Shortlisted for Arts Council England supported neo:artprize2015

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 Grant awarded by the Queen of Denmark for Project Pressure

2011 Arts Council England, arts grant for Project Pressure

2011 Danish Arts Council, production grant for Christiania

2011 Winner Timed to Perfection competition hosted by Wired

2010 Danish Arts Council, production grant

2010 Gold Award finalist, Campaign Photo Award for Project Pressure

2010 Winner D&AD, best use of photography (Contributing to EXIT Magazine AW09)

2008 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 Nikewomen.com

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


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 no.one Gallery, London

2005 r-s-v-p Gallery, Munich

2004 ‘Because my phone is not a camera’ at Viaux Gallery, Hamburg


Group Exhibitions

2016 Uncertain States at The Mile End Art Pavilion, London

2015 NEO Artprize 2015 Finalist, Bolton

2015 Nordic House Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

2014 125 Live at Londonnewcastle, London

2013 House of Arts, part of National Cultural Centre, Bratislava

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


Lectures and Panels

2016 Explaining environmental issues through craft at Mother DA&D Festival London

2015 Documenting Extreme Environments, private VIP talk and Q&A at Casio, New York

2015 Talk at Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival

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 at World Creators Summit, Washington

2013 Speaker at ‘healthy options for a warming planet’ (presenting Project Pressure), Cannes

2013 Panellist PhotoTALK, World Photo, London

2013 Speaker at ‘Rise Above’, McCann Health hosted event, Tokyo

2013 Lecture at Oxford University (presenting Project Pressure)

2013 Speaker at ‘Furore III’, talking about storytelling, Munich

2011 Lecture at Sapenzia, University of Rome

2011 Panellist at World Copyright Summit, Brussels

2011 Keynote speaker ‘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 Keynote speaker ‘Danish Advertising Now’ hosted by Creative Circle

1994-1997 Annual workshop at Kolding School of Design



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

2016 Donating edition print to the Alzheimers Society

2015 Writing, directing film for The Wildlife Trust, England

2013 Writing, directing and photographing campaign for Ruas e Pracas, with Brazilian street kids

2013 Photo lecture in aid of Women for Women, helping women survivors of war

2013 Directing 45 short 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 Teenage Cancer Trust

2006 Directing a short documentary film for The Homeless World Cup

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

1999 Print information campaign for Red Cross


Publications and Broadcast (selected)

125 Magazine, Avaunt, AnOther Magazine, BBC, Big Magazine, Black Book, British Journal of Photography, CNN, Danish Broadcast, Dazed & Confused, Details, EXIT, Flaunt, Financial Times, GQ, i-D, Lensculture, L’Officiel Hommes, National Geographic, New York Times, NPR, Nowness, Monocle, Outside, POP, Port Magazine, Rolling Stones, Tank, The Face, The Fader, The Guardian, The Observer, Un-titled project, Vice, V Magazine, Vman, Vs, Wired 


Commercial Work

Adidas, Asics, Audi, BMW Motorcycles, Bogner, Diesel, Canon, Carlsberg, Casio, Coca-Cola, Dr Martens, Evian, Ellesse, Garnier, Gatorade, Google, Hayward Gallery London, Jaguar, Johnny Walker, Jordan, Lenovo, Levi’s, Orgreen, Playstation Powerade, Ray Ban, Ralph Lauren, Reebok, Sony, Speedo, Selfridges, Target T-Mobile, Umbro, Vodafone, Westin