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Our latest featured interview with architectural photographer Thomas Mayer is online on

Thomas Mayer was born 1946 in Switzerland, and since 1969 he has been a freelance photographer based in Neuss, Germany. Before he started turning his lens towards architecture, Mayer did commercial work for car companies, editorial work for magazines like Zeit Magazin, GEO, Stern as well as corporate work for various industrial and institutional clients.

Between 1989 and 1999 he documented the Neue Zollhof Dusseldorf development from competition to completion and the images got published in numerous publications around the world, establishing him in the field of architectural photography and led to long-term collaborations with architects like Frank Gehry and others.

Between 2002 and 2007, he also documented the re-development of the world cultural heritage site Zeche Zollverein in Essen with projects by OMA and SANAA. He describes his work as architectural reportage photography with a journalistic approach to design and life within it.

With over 30 years of experience in the field he has an astonishing oevre of more than 100,000 images. In 2013, ArchDaily listed him as one of the top 13 architectural photographers.

Full interview here.

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