“Who would have thought that so much wonder could still be created with straight photographs in a time given to digital manipulation?” Alan G. Artner, Chicago Tribune



German photo artist Thomas Kellner (Bonn, 1966) is known for his photographs of seemingly dancing architectural attractions from all over the world. Prof. Dr. Irina Chmyreva has described his work as unique "Visual Analytical Synthesis". In which he does not only one shot, but many planned ones are shot in series in order to merge them into contact sheets.

Thomas Kellner’s works imitate the wandering look of the eye, showing us segments of the total, which come together as one image. His photographs reconstruct our view on architecture or the object. 

selected solo exhibitions

2016 Reykjavik Museum of Photography, Reykjavik, Iceland
The Fox Talbot Museum, Lacock, United Kingdom
in focus Galerie, Cologne, Germany
Artgalerie, Siegen, Germany
2015 Ballarat International Photobiennale, Ballarat, Australia
2014 photovisa, Krasnodar, Russian Federation
Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, Peoples Republic of China
Galerie Vrais Reves, Lyon, France
Galeria Sztuki, Zakopane, Poland
2013 Kunstverein kunstvoll, Bad Nauheim, Germany
Kunsthaus Rhenania, Cologne, Germany
Metenkow House Museum of Photography, Yekaterinburg, Russian Federation
2012 Lishui Museum of Photography, Lishui, Peoples Republic of China
2010 Deutsches Glasmalereimuseum, Linnich, Germany
ECCO,  Brasilia, Brazil
2009 Galerie Poller, Frankfurt, Germany
2008 The Boston Athenaeum, Boston, USA
Schneider Gallery, Chicago, USA
John Cleary Gallery, Houston, USA
2006 Stephen Cohen Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Cohen Amador Gallery, New York, USA
2005 Galleri Image, Aarhus, Denmark
Galeria Athos Bulcao, Brasilia, Brazil
2004 Neuer Kunstverein Giessen, Germany
2003 Rosenberg & Kaufmann Fine Art, New York, USA
2002 Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, USA


2016 Award of Excellence, The 2nd International Industrial Photography Festival, Shenyang, Tiexi, Peoples Republic of China

Critical Mass Top 50

2009 Award of Excellence, Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, Peoples Republic of China

4th Fine Art Award by the district Government of Dueren county, Germany

1996 Kodak-Award for Young Professional, Stuttgart, Germany

selected group exhibitions

2016 "There was a whole collection made: Photography from Lester and Betty Guttman", SMART Museum, Chicago, IL, USA
"Ao amor do público I - Doações da ArtRio (2012-2015) e MinC/Funarte", Museu de Arte do Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
"Die Grosse 2016", Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, Germany
2015 "gifts from Nancy and Tom O’Neil“, The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, USA
"Timeframes“, Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Sydney, Australia
"The Aleppo International Photography Festival 2015“, Aleppo, Syria
2014 "The Mechanical Corps. On the trails of Jules Verne“, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
Poetics of Light“, New Mexico Museum of History, Santa Fe New Mexico, USA
2013 "The Pierce Collection“, The Honolulu Museum of Art, Hawaii, USA
"After Photoshop: Manipulated Photography in the Digital Age“, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, USA
"The Fogel Collection: A Collection Within a Collection“, Marshall Fine Arts Center Atrium Gallery , Haverford College, Haverford, Philadelphia, USA
2011 "Fotografias - Coleção Joaquim Paiva“, Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
"Unburied Treasures“, SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA, USA
 2010 "Blind Field: Photography and Place“, Silverlens Gallery, Manila, Philipins
"Madrid Oh Cielos! “, Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain
2009 "170 Jahre Fotografie“, Kamera- und Fotomuseum Leipzig, Germany
2008 "A mind at play“, The Art Institute of Chicago, USA
2007 "Tower - Idea, Identity, Icon –“, Hearst Tower, New York, USA
"Thought Provoking - Sense Provoking”, Noorderlicht Gallery, Groningen, The Netherlands
2006 "Recent Aquisitions“,The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, USA
2005 "New to View, Recent Aquisitions in Photography“, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA, USAscatti eoropeei“, Fondazione Carige, Genua, Italy
2004 "monument recall“, SF Camerawork, San Francisco, USA
"Pieced Together: Photomontages from the Collection“, The Art Institute of Chicago, USA
"Ars & Archittetura 1900-2000”, Palazzo Ducale, Genua, Italy
2003 "Narrascape”, The New Art Gallery Walsall, United Kingdom
2002 "Vues d’architecture”, Musée de Grenoble, France

selected public collections

Fox Talbot Museum, Lacock Abbey, United Kingdom
George Eastman House, Rochester, USA
Haverford Collection, Haverford, Philadelphia, USA
Library of Congress, Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, USA
Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
New Mexico Museum of History, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, USA
The Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, USA
The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
The Boston Athenaeum, Boston, USA
The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, Ohio, USA
The Hood Museum, Hanover, New Hampshire, USA
Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA


Kellner, T., Chmyreva I. 2016, Thomas Kellner: Tango Metropolis. Siegen: ASK - Arbeitsgemeinschaft Siegerländer Künstlerinnen und Künstler e.V. ISBN 978-3-946688-01-03
Schlesinger, J, 2016. Thomas Kellner. Santa Fe: VERVE Gallery of Photography
Kellner, T., Fogel, H. 2016, Black & White. Lüdenscheid/Berlin, seltmann+söhne. ISBN 978-3-944721774
Thomas Kellner, Stefanie Scheit-Koppitz, Agnes Reschka, Julia Kneppe, Michaela Michalowska: Kontakt. Lüdenscheid/Berlin, seltmann+söhne, 2014. ISBN 978-3-944721-28-6
Thomas Kellner, Arrouye, J. Contacts 1997-2013. Lyon: Galerie Vrais Reves,  2014.
Thomas Kellner, Irina Chmyreva, Artjem Berkovitch: genius loci. Jekaterinburg: Metenkow House Museum of Photography, 2014.
Thomas Kellner, Irina Chmyreva, Andreas Bingener, Artjem Berkovitch: genius loci. Lüdenscheid /Berlin: seltmann + söhne, 2013. ISBN 978-3-944721-02-6
Thomas Kellner, Alison Pappas und Roy Flukinger: Houston, we’ve had a problem, seltmann + söhne, Lüdenscheid/Berlin, 2013. ISBN 978-3-942831-77-2
Thomas Kellner und Dirk Josef Müller: Wir sind von Idealbildern umgeben, ars victoria Verlag, Siegen 2012. ISBN 978-3-942831-67-3
Thomas Kellner, Castro R., F.: Mexiko. Lüdenscheid /Berlin: seltmann + söhne, 2011. ISBN 978-3-942831-21-5
Thomas Kellner, Scheit-Koppitz, S., Correago, A.: Thomas Kellner. Brasilia: ARP, 2010. ISBN 978-85-62376-02-3
Thomas Kellner, Stefanie Scheit-Koppitz, André Corrêa do Lago: Thomas Kellner, Karla Osorio Netto (Hg.), Brasília 50 Anos  de Uopia Moderna: ARP, 2010. ISBN 978-85-62376-03-0
Thomas Kellner und Frank Günter Zehnder (u. a.):FarbWelt 135-36, Kreis Düren (Hg.), Kreis Düren, 2010. ISBN 978-3-942831-68-0
Thomas Kellner: Thomas Kellner & Dirk Müller, Wir sind das Volk!, Siegen, 2009. ISBN 978-3-942831-66-6
Richard Wendorf: Thomas Kellner, All shook up, mit einem Text von Richard Wendorf, Boston, USA: The Boston Athenaeum, 2008. ISBN 978-0-934552-74-5
Thomas Kellner:  Dancing Walls, mit einem Text von Alison Nordström, Siegen, 2007. ISBN 978-3-942831-69-7
Beate Cegielska: Thomas Kellner, Tango Metropolis, mit einem Text von Ditte Maria Bangsund-Pedersen,Aarhus, Dänemark:  Galleri Image, 2005. ISBN 87-987509-9-2
Christopher Coppock: Thomas Kellner,  Ozymandias, mit einer Einleitung von Christopher Coppock und einem Text von A.D. Coleman, Cardiff, Wales: Ffotogallery, 2003. ISBN 1-872771-46-7
Thomas Kellner: Monumente, mit einem Text von Gerhard Glüher, Hg.: Galerie in focus am Dom, Köln und Städtische Galerie Iserlohn, Siegen, 2001. ISBN 3-930054-42-6
Thomas Kellner: 11-Loch-Arbeiten, mit einem Text von Gerhard Glüher, Gummersbach, 2000. ISBN 978-3-942831-65-9
Thomas Kellner: Deutschland – Blick nach draußen, mit Texten von Hubertus von Amelunxen und Markus Hellenthal, Siegen: MRD, 1998.


Member of board, Freundeskreis des Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen (friends of the Museum)


2006 - 2010
Member of board ASK, Arbeitsgemeinschaft Siegerlaender Kuenstler (Working Group of Artists in Siegen), Germany


Call for membership to “Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie, DGPh” (German association for photography)


Since 2003
Member of BBK, Berufsverband Bildender Kuenstler (association of visual artists) & Association Internationale des Arts Plastiques


Since 2001
Since 2001 member  of Freundeskreis des Museum fuer Gegenwartskunst Siegen (friends of the museum of conntemporary art Siegen)

Member of ASK, Arbeitsgemeinschaft Siegerlaender Kuenstler (Working Group of Artists in Siegen), Germany


Elected member of board for Kunstverein Siegen, Germany


Member of Bund Freischaffender Fotodesigner, BFF


Since 1994
Member of Kunstverein Siegen