About / Contact
18 February 2015



Gallery representation Europe
Webber Gallery

18 Newman Street, W1T 1PE, London / UK
+44 (0) 20 7439 0678

Gallery representation USA
DELI Gallery
10-16 46th Avenue, Long Island City, Queens, NY / USA
+1 646 634 1997


Webber Represents

Daisy Parker
Chantal Webber
+44 (0) 20 7439 0678

Tom Claxton, New York
+1 212 343 7491


Thomas Albdorf – Info / CV

Thomas Albdorf‘s main interest focuses on photography and sculpture – in particular, the intersection area between both practices, their shifting perceptions, the contemporary status quo of the photographic image and the decontextualization caused by internet distribution. He conceives photography not as the single act of releasing the shutter, but as chain of decisions that ranges from the object’s or subject’s staging to post-processing and the then published image in various media. The basic photograph doesn’t officiate as an enclosed image rather than a space of possibilities and probabilities, primarily enabled via digital post production processes that often leave their visible marks in the final work, revealing their source as well as bringing their conditions of production up for discussion.

Thomas Albdorf was born in Linz, Upper Austria in 1982. After working for several years as a Graphic Designer and Art Director, he studied Transmedia Art at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna, where he graduated in 2013. He was selected as one of 30 international „Artists to Watch“ by British Journal of Photography in 2014; he won the UNSEEN Amsterdam Talent Award in 2016. His work has been exhibited throughout galleries in Europe & the United States, and he has been featured / interviewed in magazines and blogs like FOAM Magazine, British Journal of Photography, It’s Nice That, Phaidon UK, Computer Arts Magazine and many more. He currently lives and works in Vienna, Austria.


Evocative images and a strong conceptual approach complement each other in the work of Thomas Albdorf. He seamlessly layers a wide range of materials and techniques to form a coherent narrative. His images stretch traditional photographic genres and form a commentary of the changing role of the image.
Hinde Haest, Curator Foam Amsterdam, 2017

Given the pervasive influence that photography has on our social landscape, it is no surprise that artists have taken the opportunity to fundamentally reconsider those terms by which the medium operates. One of the clearest responses has been a “sculptural” one, that is to say, an examination of material properties and the work of Thomas Albdorf fits comfortably within this rubric, though without being entirely confined to it. Indeed, to assert that this work is concerned with photography is perhaps to define it too narrowly. Although his most immediate subject is undoubtedly photographic, this does not mean that Albdorf is engaged in a debate about what photography can be in and of itself. This is merely where the work begins, not some essential definition of what photography is as a medium, but rather a set of propositions aimed at discerning how photographs act – that is to say, what they do, as photographs. It seems that the most significant concern for Albdorf is to expose the mechanisms of representation by using them in a reflexive or even contradictory manner. His diverse approach is ideally situated to untangle the mesh of possibilities that define photography as a medium – and which, in turn, determine how it is used. This work poses the question of what, if anything, we might find outside the conventional “limits” of the image.
Darren Campion, 2014


Solo Exhibitions

Opening June 15: “Thomas Albdorf: Room With a View”, FOAM, Amsterdam / NL

Thomas Albdorf / General View, Webber Gallery Space, London / UK
Thomas Albdorf / General View, DELI Gallery, NY / USA

Thomas Albdorf / When Rainbows Melt Into Hills, DELI Gallery, NY / USA
Thomas Albdorf / Oh Fail, You Beauty, Fotogalerie Wien, Vienna / Austria
Thomas Albdorf / Former Writer: Colour on Surface, Platform Gallery, Seattle WA / USA

Thomas Albdorf / Former Writer: Colour on Surface, Galerie ART, Brno / Czech Republic
Thomas Albdorf / Tim Dannenberg, Mauve Offspace, Vienna / Austria


Group Shows

Perfect Storm, NRW-Forum, Düsseldorf / Germany
Look Up At The Sky – Geologies, Arts Visuals Terrassa, Terrassa / Spain
matter and lightness, Kunstraum Niederösterreich, Vienna / Austria

Land Forms (curated by Tate Shaw and Gregory Eddi Jones), Visual Studies Workshop, NY / USA
A Great Sum (In Parts), Osnova Gallery, Moscow / Russia
New Flesh, Rubber Factory, NY / USA
High Summer, Foley Gallery, NY / USA
66e édition de l’exposition Jeune Création, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Pantin, Paris / France
Feira Plana, Museum for Image and Sound (MIS), São Paulo, Brazil

Mediterranea 17 Young Artists Biennale, Fabbrica del Vapore, Milano / Italy
Current Obsessions (curated by Wandering Bears), Webber Gallery Space, London / UK
Mimic (curated by Paddy Johnson and Marsha Owett), Air Circulation, NY / USA
So What, Doomed Gallery, London / UK
The Longest Nose, Mauve Offspace, Vienna / Austria
Spring, Kunstverlag Wolfrum, Vienna / Austria
Photography (curated by Diego Diez), Re-View, Cordoba / ESP

Thomas Albdorf / Tina Lechner / Christiane Peschek / Agnes Prammer & Johann Schoiswohl / Hanna Putz / Sabine Schwaighofer / Katarina Šoškic, Fotohof, Salzburg / Austria
Trump L’Oeil: Paintings in other media, The Blue House Art Gallery,Dayton, OH
All In, Gallery Krinzinger Projekte, Vienna / Austria
Fluorescent Corpse, Neon Heater Gallery, Findlay, OH / USA
VICE 2014 Photo Show: Trompe L‘Oeil, Pioneer Works, NY / USA
BLOG RE-BLOG (curated by Max Marshall and Paul Paper), Austin Center for Photography, Austin TX / USA
DELIBERATE OPERATIONS (curated by Lodret Vandret), Nextart Gallery, Gothenburg / Sweden
DELIBERATE OPERATIONS (curated by Everything Is Collective), Neon Heater Gallery, Findlay, OH / USA

BLOG RE-BLOG (curated by Max Marshall and Paul Paper), Signal Gallery, NY / USA
What You Want (curated by Matthew Leifheit), The Camera Club of New York, NY / USA
Former Writer: Colour on Surface @ M&C Saatchi Corporate Online Gallery
MULTISTABLE (curated by Sarah Duncan), The Owl, Austin TX / USA
Former Writer: Colour on Surface, Heiligenkreuzerhof / University of Applied Arts, Vienna / Austria
Sraunus Cardiff (curated by Paul Paper & Rowan Lear), Arcadecardiff, Cardiff / UK

Aufheben (curated by Aaron Hegert & Zachary Norman), Fuller Projects Gallery, Bloomingten, IN / USA
Sraunus Gothenburg (curated by Paul Paper), Nextart Gallery, Gothenburg / Sweden
The Essence 12, Künstlerhaus Vienna / Austria
Aint-Bad Magazine / Issue Three: Hyperlinked Exhibition, Little Beasts Gallery, Savannah, GA / USA
hm und mh, Hufak Off Space, Universität für angewandte Kunst, Vienna / Austria
Naked Fire, Kunstpavillon Tiroler Künstlerschaft, Innsbruck / Austria
Mit sofortiger Wirkung – Interventionen “Again & Again”, Kunsthalle Wien / project space Karlsplatz, Österreich
imitation imitation, Hufak Off Space, University of Applied Arts, Vienna / Austria

Universals (curated by Oliver Udy), Fringe Arts Bath, Bath / UK
remove – reuse – recycle, Forum Stadtpark, Graz / Austria
Japan Charity Exhibition, gallery base level, Vienna / Austria
Kunstüberforschen, schikaneder, Vienna / Austria

schik IV – Family, schikaneder, Vienna / Austria
Videoromanzen 2, Herbert-Gerisch-Stiftung, Neumünster / Germany
Holy Ghost @ Off Modern (curated by Holy Ghost Zine), London / UK
Other Dimensions, schikaneder, Vienna / Austria



October 2017: Lecture “Under Construction” at Recyclart, Brussels, Belgium
June 2017: Lecture “Under Construction” at f2 Fotofestival Dortmund
SS term 2017 – How To Be A Photographer, University of Applied Arts, Vienna
October 2016: ten to six Workshop, FH Bielefeld
AW term 2016 / 2017 – Under Construction – Contemporary Image Production, University of Applied Arts, Vienna
SS term 2016 – Under Construction – Contemporary Image Production, University of Applied Arts, Vienna


Awards and Grants

Recommended Olympus Fellowship

UNSEEN Talent Award
ARTE Creative Award – Portfolio Review Düsseldorf
FOAM Paul Huf Award – nominee

Austrian ministry for Arts an Culture – starting grant art photography
British Journal of Photography – selected as one of 30 international photographers to watch in 2014: “One’s to Watch 2014”

Ö1 Talent Grant Fine Art 2013 – finalist



2002 – 2005     Graphic Design and Communications College / Goethestrasse 17, Linz / Austria
2008 – 2013     Transmediale Kunst (class of Brigitte Kowanz), University of Applied Arts, Vienna / Austria


Selected Interviews

Wavepool – in conversation with Kyle Seis
Fotografia Magazine – Interview about “I Know I Will See What I Have Seen Before”

American Suburb X – in conversation with Brad Feuerhelm
Wandering Bears – instagram debate
The Gap Magazine about Oh Fail, You Beauty

Paper Journal photography blog – In Conversation: Thomas Albdorf and Maurice van Es
Disturber Magazine – a talk with Maurizio Di Iorio about contemporary still life
One Day You Will Find Me – photography blog
I like this blog / Tom Lovelace and Thomas Albdorf about the Blog Re-Blog Exhibition in NY
TGIF Gallery – HOT BED Exhibition-Interview with Ryan Oskin
Eloquence Magazine South Korea – Print issue June 2013
LVL3 Gallery Chicago – Artist of the Week
“Hello, I would like to talk about” #17 for I like this blog about Koki Tanaka’s “Everything is everything”

(not) common people photography blog
Visual Essay für I like this blog
Aint Bad online-magazine
Tabletop Zine 5 / September/October 2014

fm4 – photographer of the week
artpjf art blog
illex photography blog
It‘s Nice That magazine / Student of the Month
Mossless online-magazine
Seeking online-magazine

ilovethatphoto.net photographer of the week


Selected Publications and Articles

FOAM Magazine #44 – On Earth
1000 Words Magazine – Lewis Bush über “I Know I Will See What I Have Seen Before”
Wavepool – in conversation with Kyle Seis
Fotografia Magazine – Interview about “I Know I Will See What I Have Seen Before”
This Is Paper about “I Know I Will See What I Have Seen Before”

Have A Nice Book
Foundations Magazine, Vienna Issue
Wiener Zeitung Gallerie

VICE 2014 Photo Issue: Trompe L‘Oeil
selected as one of 30 international photographers in “British Journal of Photography’s Ones to Watch 2014”
Deliberate Operations 1 [2] – collaborative publication with US-based Everthing Is Collective
featured in Jordan Tate’s blog “i like this art”
“It‘s Nice That” about “Crystal Method” for CUT Magazine # 10

Phaidon UK – 2013 The year in photography
Computer Arts Collection Volume 2 Part 5 (Photography Issue) – “Material Assemblage”
YET zine
Nylon Magazine South Korea April 2013
Feature Shoot photography blog

Aint-Bad Magazine / Issue Three: Hyperlinked
Again and Again / project space Karlsplatz – exhibition catalogue
5 on 1 – Still Life online magazine
The Incoherent Light photography blog

Tell mum everything is ok n°5 – Stigma (Éditions FP&CF)
A5 Magazine No. 11 – Home
Blossoms of a Multitude – Transmediale Kunst/Brigitte Kowanz, Vienna 2011
Thomas Albdorf (the velvet cell books)