Social documentary photography, documentary photography, reportage & everyday artistic photography

Fotograf Thomas Klingberg. Foto: Journalistin Larissa Koch

Born 1971 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, freelance photographer and visual artist with focus on Düsseldorf & Berlin, working in the fields of social documentary photography, reportage, portraits of artists, workers and social groups as well as photographic documentation & reportages in hard-to-reach milieus, close to the realities of the protagonists’ lives Interdisciplinary art and photography projects with urban, social and cultural institutions as well as with artists and groups of artists from various disciplines. On the artistic side, the focus of the work lies in the stylization and poetry of seemingly banal everyday scenes and marginal events with the help of the medium of photography.

Registered in the artist directory
of the state capital Düsseldorf

Member of the German Media Association

Member of the Professional Association
of Artists (BBK Düsseldorf)


Exhibitions &
Projects (excerpt)


Brüche und Aufbrüche
Documentary exhibition in
Photos and texts

Everyone is a Photographer
Employees of a textile upcycling company describe their working world photographically in a photo workshop. Düsseldorf



Joint exhibition with the artist
Jaqueline Lobodda. Photographs, collages,
Objects, texts. Gelsenkirchen

Exhibition in the context of the

Scholarship of the Mulimedia Art Museum
Moscow and the city of Düsseldorf



Zwischen Gleisen
Poetry & everyday life on the “Red Island”
(a so called district in Berlin)
text & photography, Berlin Schöneberg



Blick zurück nach vorn
Joint exhibition with the
Photographer Ulrike Fox,

Contemporary social documentary photography.
Exhibition of the photographic documentation in the
Framework of the Kunstpunkte Düsseldorf (solo exhibition)

Charity Ausstellung
for the Jasmin-Hilfe e.V.
in Düsseldorf (group exhibition)



Urban poetry of the everyday.
Fragmented exhibition in public space, Düsseldorf & Berlin

Sprachbilder / Bildsprachen
Berlin city views. Text trifft Fotografie, Berlin (joint exhibition). Poetic answers to social documentary photographs



Sei wie du dich fühlst
An artistic counterposition to commercial school and kindergarten photography”. (Artistic Director ) Collaboration with the photographer Ulrike Fox, the Gelsenkirchen City Library and the Grundschule am Schloss in Gelsenkirchen-Horst.

Hamasat Photo Gallery, Qatif, Saudi Arabia (joint exhibition)

Frauen, Männer, Kinder, Asphalt
Photographic statements on the sight of everyday life, Gelsenkirchen, Participant & artistic director (joint exhibition)



Wir in Gelsenkirchen
Social documentary photography. Exhibition of the documentation in Horst Castle, Gelsenkirchen (solo exhibition)

Starke Typen
Interdisciplinary art exhibition with the visually impaired artist Bärbel Frank, Hamburg, Dorsten

Gesichter der Demenz
Portraits of people suffering from dementia in cooperation with the Alzheimer Society Gelsenkirchen, Werner-Thiel-Halle & Nordsternturm, Gelsenkirchen (solo exhibition)



HAMASAT #5 – Hamasat Photo Gallery, Qatif, Saudi Arabia (joint exhibition)


Exhibition of the Berlin Poetry Spring Documentation at “Wortwedding” in Berlin (joint exhibition)


“Children.” Martin Luther Hospital, Berlin
(solo show)



Ausstellung „Zwischen Gleisen“ macht den Kiez
ein Stück zum Wohnzimmer

stadTraum – Jaqueline Lobodda und
Thomas Klingberg zeigen urbane Perspektiven

Leeres Ladenlokal wird zur Galerie

Ein Hauch von Berlin

„Sei wie du dich fühlst“

Eine Ausstellung fernab der Selfie-Mentalität

“Back from Moscow”

Kunstprojekt wirft poetischen
Blick auf das Alltägliche

„Poesie und Alltag“ wirft besonderen
Blick auf das Alltägliche

Lyrik trifft auf Berliner Stadtansichten

Moderne Märchen und Stadtgeschichten.
Radiopodcast auf Ö1

Unterwegs mit der Lagerfeld-Truppe


Publikationen &

Brüche und Aufbrüche
Exhibition publication
(ISBN: 9783754135365)

Stadt. Alltag. Umwelt.
Photographic observations of everyday life.
(ISBN 9783750200647)

Gelsenkirchen abseits des Fußballs
Photo book
(ISBN 9783749465491)

Poesie & Alltag
Publication to the eponymous
Art project in public space
(ISBN 9783738640090)

Social documentary photography:
Photographic documentation
social work, photo book on the exhibition
(ISBN 9783741294624)

Italien monochrom
Photo book of the exhibition
(ISBN 9783738647471)

A photographic walk
(ISBN 9783844279801)

Wir in Gelsenkirchen-Horst
Social documentary photography
Photo book of the exhibition
(ISBN 9783844276046)

Zeitschrift fotoPRO

Edition 1/12, October 2012:
“The street is a stage” – Interview on the topic
social documentary photography of everyday life.

Magazine fotoPraxis, issue 1/13, January 2013:
Interview on the topic
“Urban Photography and Photography Law”



“You will leave this exhibit with a different consciousness than when you entered it.” (Mayor Klaudia Zepuntke, Düsseldorf, about the exhibition → Brüche und Aufbrüche)

“In Thomas Klingberg’s photographs, you can see in black and white what is hardly noticed in the grey tones of society.” (Writer→ Frank Schablewski)

“I was very touched by the way Thomas dealt with the children in the hospice. He communicated with them without speaking their language. When you saw how much closeness the children allowed, you could have thought Thomas had been a part of the institution for a long time.” (Dr. Natasha Grigorian, Dmitry Rogachev National Research Center in Moscow)”Klingberg’s photographs are carried by a deep humanism. A master of the iconography of everyday life.” (Dr. Rainer Strzolka, literary scholar and photographer)

“He is not only a good photographer, he can also climb very fast over very high walls” (One of the protagonists of the photo series → Illegale Sprayer)

” … seeks the edges of society, where life is direct and maskless, in the space where there are cracks, constraints, longings, and laughter of despair. He records this life with the camera, directly and honestly in intimacy. Life wins, the photograph becomes a secondary matter.” (Barbara Oestersötebier)

“A rather wide photographic spectrum, where not everything pleases me. But the portraits are remarkable & extraordinary.” (→ Angelika Richter, artist, architect)

“These photos would only touch me intensely if they were stapled to me.” (Visitor of one of my exhibitions)

“The wonderful pictures, created under the guidance of Thomas Klingberg, touch, admonish and encourage. Are bizarre, even annoying and put a finger in the wounds of our city.” (Britta Zweigner, managing director renatec GmbH about the publication → STADT. ALLTAG. UMWELT.)

It is interesting that such a positive, open and cheerful person takes such oppressive and depressive photos. He is a man of contrasts. (Anna Kruitikova, visitor of the exhibition “Moscow Study” in Moscow)

“He is a philanthropist. You see in his photos. You can feel it in personal contact” (artist → Jaqueline Lobodda)

“Through the choice of his unusual exhibition locations, he provides people with access to attractive photography who would otherwise hardly come into contact with it” (Reinhold Adam, former city councillor in the cultural committee of the city of Gelsenkirchen)

“I am impressed by his in-depth image and portfolio analysis. He has the eye, the ability and the desire to deal with foreign image content and to give valuable suggestions.” (Photographer → Alexandre Sladkevich)

“I warmly recommend this book, its pictures and thoughts to you” (Helga Stulgies, Department of the Environment in Düsseldorf, from the preface to the publication → STADT. ALLTAG. UMWELT.)

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Sozialdokumentarische Fotografie Bildband Gelsenkirchen
Dokumentarfotografie Zwischen Gleisen
Urbane Fotografie Soziale Fotoworkshops
Moskau Studien Stadt. Alltag. Umwelt.