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Tom Fecht was born in Germany in 1952; he lives and works in Germany and France. Fecht studied cybernetics, engineering and art history at Columbia University in New York and Technische Universität Berlin. As a young engineer Fecht was involved in developing fax machines and computer based imaging at IBM. In the 1970s, Fecht founded the gallery and publishing company Elefanten Press in Berlin. During the next two decades, Fecht worked as a gallerist, publisher and editor focused on documentary and artistic photography.
Fecht launched his artistic career in 1992 with the European land art project Mémoire Nomade at Documenta IX. In the late 1990s, Fecht embraced photography as his preferred medium. Since then, Fecht has produced an extensive body of landscape and portrait work. Fecht enjoys exploring photography as a tool in art, design and scientific research; he also teaches at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College in London.
Museum exhibitions and collections include Staatliche Museen - Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin; Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin; Kunsthalle, Hamburg; Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle, Bonn; Royal College of Art, London; Helmhaus, Zurich and MuCEM, Marseille.
• Tom Fecht. ECLIPSE with an essay by Hans Irrek. Galerie DOWNTOWN, Paris 2015. ISBN 978-2-9520349-4-4
• Tom Fecht. Refocusing the Euclidian Horizon in: The Cornell Journal of Architecture 9: MATHEMATICS - From the Ideal to the Uncertain. Ithaca, New York, 2013 ISBN 978-0-9785061-2-4
• Tom Fecht. Namen und Steine: Mémoire Nomade. Ulrich Heide, Dietmar Kamper (Editors). Köln 1993, Bonn 1998, Springer-Verlag Wien/New York, 2001. ISBN 3-211-83630-6
• Umzug ins Offene - Vier Versuche über den Raum. Tom Fecht, Dietmar Kamper (Editors). Springer- Verlag Wien/New York, 2000. ISBN 3-211-83476-1