Michael Thomas was born in Birmingham, England. He studied at Bournville College of Art and the London College of Printing before completing an MA at the London College of Communication in 2010.
He has been involved with many different aspects of visual culture in his adult working life. His career began assisting an industrial photographer in Birmingham, followed by work in the music industry as a print buying assistant.
After completing a National Diploma in Design he assisted various fashion photographers whilst studying for a BA in Photography at LCP.
He began photographing for magazines in the late 1990s. His work appeared in 10 Magazine, Arena, Arena Hommes Plus, Big, Dazed, Details, Esquire, The Face, New York Times, L'Optimum, L'Officiel, The Telegraph, The Times, British Vogue and Wallpaper amongst others.
His desire to evolve photographically led him to complete a masters degree at the London College of Communication and, after that, to concentrate on still life photography, preferring the working process and laboratory like approach.
His stylistically minimal, paired down, evidence based imagery focuses on process and form before narrative. He seeks out beauty in the mundane and ordinary, finding pleasure in rendering texture tone and form with precision, embracing imperfection and making it a virtue.
Michael lives and works in London.
London College of Communication - Photography M.A.
London College of Printing - Photography B.A.
Bournville College of Art - National Diploma in Design (Photography).
Ed. Jefferson Hack, Jo-Ann Furniss, Ingrid Sischy (2011). Making it Up as We Go Along. London. Rizzoli.
Suzanne Lee (2007). Fashioning the Future. London. Thames and Hudson.
Caroline Evans (2003). Fashion at the Edge. London. Yale University Press.
Andrew Bolton (2003). Men in Skirts. London. V&A Publications.
Ninette Murk (2002). Vision Fragments. Antwerp. Stockmans.
Susannah Frankel (2001). Visionaries: Interviews with Fashion Designers. London. V&A Publications.
Ed. Mark Sanders, Phil Poynter, Robin Derrick (2000).The Impossible Image.(Fashion Photography in the Digital Age). London. Phaidon.
Ed. Keiko Murayama (2000). Masterminds of Mode. International Fashion Festival Japan. Tokyo. Hiro Ikeda.
Ed. Mark Sanders, Phil Poynter, David James (1999). Dazed/Confused. London. Booth-Clibborn Editions.
2011 – Making It Up as We Go Along – Somerset House. London.
2010 – MA Show – The Well Gallery – London College of Communication. London.
2003 – Men in Skirts – Victoria and Albert Museum. London.
2001 – Dazed Annual – Dazed and Confused Gallery. London.
2000 – Masterminds of Mode – International Fashion Festival in Japan. Tokyo.
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