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Tom Fecht launched his artistic career in 1992 at Jan Hoet’s Documenta IX. In the late 1990s, he embraced photography as his preferred medium. Since then, he has produced an extensive body of landscape and portrait work. In recent years he became in particular known for his seascapes and night photography focusing phenomena invisible to the naked eye. His large scale minimalist works cross the line between the physical world and the invisible, magic part of our universe while pushing photography to the edge of quantum physics.
Inspired by the Apollo moon missions he studied cybernetics, engineering, and art history at Columbia University 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 enjoys exploring photography as a tool in art, architecture and design; he also teaches at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College in London currently conducting scientific research on a new generation of scientific lenses and silver gelatins.
As of 2012 his photographic works are limited to one unique vintage print. His work is regularly presented at TEFAF Maastricht and has featured in numerous museum exhibitions and collections, including the New National Galerie and Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin; Hamburger Kunsthalle, Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bonn; Royal College of Art, London; Helmhaus Zurich; Museum DKM Duisburg, MuCEM Marseille and Musée des Beaux-Arts LAAC, Dunkerque – including also corporate and private collections.
His work is currently represented by Gallery Laffanour Downtown Paris and Setareh Gallery, Düsseldorf
• 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
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