Klaus Thymann, Biography

Danish born Klaus Thymann is a multi award-winning photographer, filmmaker, writer and creative director. He has developed an original viewpoint having worked across a wide range of subjects and media, utilising a cross-disciplinary skill-set 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 building on past experiences and a passion for the environment led him to set a charity; Project Pressure is documenting the world’s vanishing glaciers, collaborating with world-renowned artists creating and exhibiting work to engage emotions in order to incite positive behavioural change as well as generating useful data for scientific use. Project Pressure 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 and funding has come from prestigious beneficiaries including The Queen of Denmark and Arts Council England. His devotion and passion for the environment led him to complete a BSc in Environmental Studies.

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 conducted the only scuba dive of the world’s clearest lake in New Zealand, documented tourism in Iraq, photographed parkour in Gaza and explored the glaciers of Uganda and Congo via new trekking routes. Thymann is currently exploring underwater rivers on the Yucatan in Mexico, he wrote and directed a long-format documentary film of this form of environmental exploration, Flows. Flows has music by Thom Yorke.

He has been featured by BBC, CNN, NPR, Wired, The Guardian, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, Vice, New Scientist, Creative Review, Discovery Channel and others, 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, The Glacier Trust, Global Ocean Trust, 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.


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
Advanced multistage Cave Diver, Normoxic Trimix, Advanced Nitrox, Self Sufficient and Side Mount Diver with IANTD Diver Advance Open Water
1993 Graduate Marie Kruse Gymnasium (college), Denmark

Career Profile

2015- current: Reappointed Board Member of Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS)
2011 Appointed Board Member of Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS)
2008-current: Director Project Pressure

Distinctions, Awards and Grants
2016 Selected as original artist for London Creative Network (LCN), a London-wide development
program for creative practitioners with a focus on innovative technologies or
processes. Funded by EU European Development Fund & Arts Council England
2016 Nominated for Prix Pictet 2017
2016 Winner Photo District News, The Great Outdoors Underwater category
2016 Shortlisted Royal Photographic Society 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, 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 of 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 Fast Forwad on Pause r-s-v-p Gallery, Munich
2004 ‘Because my phone is not a camera’ at Viaux Gallery, Hamburg

Group Exhibitions
2018 ‘When Records Melt’ at Museum of Unseen, Amsterdam
2018 ‘Vanishing Glaciers’ at Museum of Climate Change, Hong Kong
2014 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
2018 ‘City to Nature ‘ Workshops for Fjällräven (Stockholm) in Hong Kong, Amsterdam, Oslo
2018 ‘Using art to communicate Climate Change’ at Chinese University Hong Kong
2017 Talk sponsored by Sony at WEX Travel and Adventure Photography show
2016 Explaining environmental issues through craft at Mother London, part of 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 Key note 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

‘Glaciers The Politics of Ice ‘by Jorge Daniel Taillant (Oxford University Press, 2015)
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
2017 Writing, directing film with Lighthouse Foundation and a range of NGOs from Mexico
2016 Donated edition print to the Alzheimers Society
2015 Writing, directing film for The Wildlife Trust, England
2013 Writing, directing and photographing a campaign for Ruas e Pracas, with Brazil street kids
2013 Photo lecture in aid of Women for Women, helping women survivors of war
2013 Directing 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 & Confused 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, Bloomberg Business Week, British Journal of Photography, CNN, Danish Broadcast, Dazed & Confused, Details, EXIT, Flaunt, Financial Times, GQ, i-D, Jocks & Nerds, 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, Bjorn Borg, Bogner, Canon, Carlsberg, Casio, Coca-Cola, Diesel, Dr Martens, Evian, Ellesse, Fjallräven, Garnier, Gatorade, Google, Hayward Gallery London, Jaguar, Johnny Walker, Jordan, Lenovo, Levi’s, Norse Projects, Orgreen, Playstation Powerade, Ray Ban, Ralph Lauren, Reebok, Sony, Speedo, Selfridges, Target T-Mobile, Umbro, Vodafone, Westin