Thom Pierce (born 1978 in Jersey) is a British photographic artist, currently working out of Cape Town, South Africa. After a successful career in the UK music industry, working with George Michael, The Chemical Brothers, Massive Attack and others, he turned to photography in 2013. Over a short period of time he has enjoyed both solo and group exhibitions in major South African galleries and international festivals.

His work explores the lines between art, documentary and portrait photography to engage with issues of cultural, social and historical significance. He splits his time between personal projects, editorial commissions and working with NGO's on social justice campaigns. 

He is a recipient of the 2016 Piclet prize for contemporary African photography and the 2016 PDN storytellers award. His work has been published widely in newspapers, magazines and books, and has featured heavily as part of several human rights campaigns. A collection of his work can be found in the permanent collection of the South African National Gallery.

 

Selected Exhibitions

The Objectors - War Resisters International Conference, Cape Town - July 2014

Andriesvale - Mogalakwena Gallery, Cape Town - September to October 2014

The Objectors - The Castle, Cape Town - September - October 2014

Platfontein (The Bushman Hip-Hop Generation) - Youngblood Gallery, Cape Town - October 2014 

The Objectors - Friends of Design, Cape Town - November 2014

Simplify (part of "Black & White" curated exhibition) - Johans Borman Gallery, Cape Town - November 2014

Andriesvale - South Gallery, Cape Town - November - January 2015

The Objectors - South Gallery, Cape Town - March 2015

Black Sash 60th Anniversary Exhibition - Artscape, Cape Town - August 2015

The Price of Gold - Iziko Slave Lodge, Cape Town - December 2015 to March 2016

The Objectors - Part of group exhibition 'Studio' at South African National Gallery - 2016

The Horsemen of Semonkong - Circa, Johannesburg - 2016

 

Festivals

Cape Town Month of Photography - South Africa

Head of Festival - Australia

Secvente Festival - Romania

Fotografvakfi - Turkey

Lagos Photo Festival - Nigeria

Addis Photo Festival - Ethiopia

La Qautrieme Image - Paris