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About Klaus ThymannGiraffe Manor Klaus Thymann has a feel for places and moments so out of the ordinary that we question whether our eyes are deceiving us. “Giraffe Manor” actually exists in Nairobi, Kenya. Guests at the hotel share the grounds with a herd of endangered Rothschild giraffes from a nearby nature reserve. Only a few hundred of this subspecies remain in the wild. These curious animals like to
BACKGROUND INFORMATIONGiraffe Manor
Klaus Thymann has a feel for places and moments so out of the ordinary that we question whether our eyes are deceiving us. “Giraffe Manor” actually exists in Nairobi, Kenya. Guests at the hotel share the grounds with a herd of endangered Rothschild giraffes from a nearby nature reserve. Only a few hundred of this subspecies remain in the wild. These curious animals like to poke their heads through the manor windows, and some even eat from the breakfast table – a thought that is as moving as it is bizarre. We cannot help but smile and marvel at the nearly surreal scenes Thymann captures.
Nude and the City: Klaus Thymann’s Shanghai Nudes
To be noticed in a city of over 18 million is an art. Klaus Thymann confronts the backdrop of the anonymous megacity Shanghai with a pure sex appeal of Western making. The beautiful blond, who in public spaces is still restrained but in the supposed security of an endless landscape of rooftops sheds her cover, originate from the universe of a master of erotic photography: Helmut Newton. But different from Newton’s scenes, in Thymann’s photographs there is always a component of danger, of being discovered by the foreign residents of an exotic urban landscape. This creates a tension that can only emerge in places where cultures collide.
Klaus Thymann lives in London and has filmed music videos for bands and musicians such as Depeche Mode, Coldplay, and David Bowie. In many of his series he integrates elements of current trends of the most various subcultures. Shanghai, for instance, does not seem the shiny new product of a massive economic boom; rather, he shows its rough edges. The skyline and the luminous neon lights of the city are filtered through smoke; the beautiful visitors lie naked on cement. Thymann’s visual world does not look born of the superficial world of glamour. It is both authentic and unreal.
Klaus Thyman was born in Denmark in 1974 and opened his first studio in Copenhagen in 1995. He lives in London as a photographer and director.
2022 Fellow at The Royal Geographical Society 2020
current Advisory board of Danish School of Media and Journalism
current Hasselblad Ambassador
2011-2019 Board Member of Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS) 2008 current Founder and Director Project Pressure