Taking on multiple roles in this collaboration between Louis Vuitton and POP Magazine, Thymann travelled to the Sinai desert to check out the hotel scene.
Klaus Thymann is one of the foremost image makers and story tellers working today, his wide range of subject and genres has meant that he has developed an original viewpoint. His use of the natural environment is also a key element to Thymann’s signature, the world is his canvas and his assignments have taken him all over the globe.
In an editorial context Thymann produces across multiple platforms, delivering stills, video, audio for radio and sometimes presents, which he has done for CNN and BBC to name a few.
His work has appeared in Avaunt, AnOther Magazine, BBC, Bloomberg Business Week, British Journal of Photography, CNN, Danish Broadcast, Dazed & Confused, Details, EXIT, Financial Times, GQ, i-D, Lensculture, L’Officiel Hommes, National Geographic, New York Times, NPR, Nowness, Monocle, Outside, POP, Rolling Stones, Royal Photographic Society Journal, The Fader, The Guardian, The Observer, Vice, V Magazine, Vman, Wired and more.
Klaus Thymann’s drive to explore has taken him to document extreme environments around the world conducting expeditions in locations never or rarely visited. His focus is to bring back interesting and surprising stories with an environmental focus. He is passionate about the environment and holds a BSc in Environmental Science.
As an experienced mountaineer he has summited peaks on six continents, some above 6000 meters and has devised new trekking routes in DRC and Nepal amongst other places. In 2008 Klaus set up Project Pressure, a charity that documents glacial recession around the world, to create a platform for climate crisis awareness and activism. He has collaborated with NASA, the World Glacier Monitoring Service, Oxford University and many others. Thymann’s expeditions has been featured by BBC, CNN, NPR, Wired, The Guardian, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, Vice, New Scientist, Creative Review, Discovery Channel and more.
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. Exploring unchartered underwater caves means conducting cave dives of up to 5-6 hours. He has dived the nuclear wrecks in the Bikini Atolls at 65 meters depth, can ice dive and use mixed gasses. He is the only person in the world to have conducted a scuba dive in the world’s clearest lake in New Zealand.
Past expeditions has been supported by brands such as Adidas TERREX, Hasselblad, Fjällräven, Rab and Casio.
In this follow up to Flows (52 min, 2017) I have experimented with a new format, no talk, no voice-over, but only images, music and text as graphic elements. In breathtaking images and emotive music this film starts in the burning Amazon and continue to show the global environmental consequences of the burning forest and other polluting factors.
Flows – It’s All Connected starts in the Amazon rain forest and we see how burning the forest for cattle grazing leads to soil degradation and fertilizer runoff. Combined with other nutrients entering the oceans, as well as increased climate heating of the ocean, it has created the perfect storm for a sargassum algae bloom – the biggest ever seen before in history.
The algae straddles the beaches, affecting sea turtles, and when rotting it becomes toxic as well as loaded with nutrients. These pollutants flow back to the sea again creating a double negative feedback loop.
We cannot treat ecosystems as separate individual pieces of nature, this is why we have created the film Flows – It’s All Connected.
Flows – It’s All Connected is written and directed by Klaus Thymann
Produced by The Lighthouse Foundation
Music by Kasper Bjørke Quartet
Notes about this project:
The music was performed live so there is no digital repetition in the violin.
A screening/ workshop for about 15 scientists was held when the film was almost finished. Following that adjustments were made based on recommendations to ensure scientific accuracy.
Filming was conducted in Brazil and Mexico over the course of 4 months.
In an attempt to preserve an ice-grotto tourist attraction at the Rhône Glacier, local Swiss entrepreneurs wrapped a significant section of the ice-body in a thermal blanket. In their collaborative work, Simon Norfolk and Klaus Thymann address financial issues as driving forces behind human adaptation to the changing climate. The title Shroud refers to the melting glacier under its death cloak. In addition, a thermal image time-lapse film was created, showing how glaciers compare to the surrounding landscape by only reacting to long-term temperature changes, as opposed to weather fluctuations.
The wrecks at the bottom of the Bikini Atoll are at depths inaccessible for recreational divers, at up to 65 meter deep it requires special training, diving with mixed gasses to visit them.
The US conducted 67 nuclear bomb tests in the Marshall Islands after World War II, including Castle Bravo on Bikini Island – the largest nuclear device ever exploded by the US. The testing destroyed the lives of the local residents who can never return to their island home. In the mini documentary for CNN, Thymann travelled to the Marshall Islands to learn about the legacy of the US nuclear testing, and hear what the residents hope for the future. He meets one of the caretakers of Bikini Island, still uninhabitable decades after the tests. Through wreck diving, he encounters the thriving coral reef among what’s left of the Navy ships used in the tests.
Producer: Klaus Thymann
Camera: Klaus Thymann
Editors: Nick Blatt, Kevin Tadge
Supervising Producer: Allison Brown
The Amazon forest encompasses the single largest remaining tropical rainforest in the world and represents more than half of Earth’s remaining rainforest and covers an area of 5.5 million km2, about 60 percent of which is in Brazil.
Mr Bolsonaro, Brazil’s new president promised environmental protection should not hinder economic growth. He favours business over biodiversity and calls for pro-market ways of exploiting Brazil’s natural resources. One of his first moves were to transfer regulation of Indigenous lands in the Amazon rainforest to the Ministry of Agriculture, an agency known to favour development over sustainability and Indigenous rights.
This has raised the alarm bells critics say this is a dangerous move. Many Brazilians worry it will lead to increased deforestation, weaken Amazon protections and give Indigenous people less control over their ancestral lands.
Klaus Thymann was travelling in the Amazon and photographed some of the pristine forest and a few places where deforestation was evident. Working with CNN’s digital platform as presenter, journalist and image maker a 18 min doc was created.
The Amazon houses at least 10% of the world’s known biodiversity and is home to more than 30 million people living across a vast region subdivided into nine different national political systems 9%, or 2.7 million of the Amazon’s population is still made up of indigenous people 350 different ethnic groups more than 60 of which still remain largely isolated.
Carbon loss from biomass and soil makes a significant contribution to global warming through emissions with each year’s deforestation. If deforestation was a country it would be the world’s 3rd largest emitter. Half a century ago, the Amazon covered an area about the size of the lower 48 United States. Since then, more than 16 percent of that area has fallen to loggers, miners and land-grabbers. Direct human impacts like these have long defined the battle to save the rainforest
The glaciers in Ecuador are receding due to climate change, Project Pressure is collaborating with Emma Stibbon to see how she as an artist create work inspired by the changing landscapes. We look at mountains and panoramas and we assume our surroundings are immutable and resilient, when we are in fact experiencing a rapid change in Earths landscapes. With the glaciated sites in Ecuador Stibbon felt she wanted to say something about the extraordinary landscape but also the kind of poignancy of the fact that the changes in the landscape and will be witnessed within her own lifetime.
The team travelled to Ecuador visiting multiple glaciers at high altitudes up to 5100 M where Stibbon created sketches and collected soil that was used to make pigment for the drawings she created in her studio upon returning.
The project was made possible through a collaboration with Adidas TERREX, the film in this format was created for Adidas TERREX. Klaus Thymann wrote and directed the film as well as created the still images.
Faced with and onslaught of drug resistant super bugs, a group of scientists are venturing into the depth of the Earth in search of bacteria that may form the basis of tomorrows antibiotics. I went into the caves with Naowarat Cheeptham, the female scientist and her team for Wired UK.
Are sea turtles luxury animals? I ask that question and others in this program for CNN’s digital initiative Beme.
Tulum, in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, is known for picturesque beaches, underground river systems, and increasingly luxury tourism. Last year 2.4 million visitors came to this small coastal town. Development in Tulum is growing faster than the local infrastructure and environmental regulations are not always followed. The beaches popular with tourists are also home to nesting sea turtles who are vulnerable to the water and noise pollution that has accompanied growth here. I dives in to learn more about what is happening in this paradise.