In 2005, two weeks after graduating from a Berlin art school, photographer Thomas Lohr packed his bags for New York, where he quickly became part of Brooklyn’s thriving creative scene and started developing a distinct visual voice. But things didn’t really take off for Lohr until he arrived in London, two and a half years ago. “People give you a chance here,” the 33-year-old says of the British capital. And, indeed, within a couple of weeks of moving to the city, the Bavaria-born soccer enthusiast was shooting for i-D.
In a short period of time, Lohr has made a name for himself, thanks to his idiosyncratic fashion editorials and portraits. Often inspired by his love of modern dance and architecture — passions reflected in his fashion stories’ pristine locations and artful compositions — Lohr’s aesthetic universe blends a 1990s-inflected minimalism with a psychologically fraught, withholding attitude that is unequivocally contemporary.
The rising lensman’s clean, modern style has also made him somewhat of a go-to portrait photographer for some of the industry’s most influential figures. Indeed, he has shot everyone from Christopher Kane and Proenza Schouler ’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez to insider editors Joerg Koch and Thomas Persson. Lohr shot the lookbook for Raf Simons ’ Pre-Fall 2013 collection for Dior and his work has featured prominently in Fantastic Man.