Thom Pierce (born 1978 in Jersey) is a British photographer, currently working out of Cape Town, South Africa. After a successful career in the UK music industry 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 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.
In 2017 Pierce was chosen as a finalist in the Magnum Photographic Awards and was selected for the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Selected Past 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 Horsemen of Semonkong - Circa, Johannesburg - 2016
The Horsemen of Semonkong - ArtCo Gallery, Germany - July 2017
Les Nuits de la Photographie - Les Rencontres De La Photographie - Arles 2017
Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize - The National Portrait Gallery - London 2017 to 2018
Featured at the following festivals...
Cape Town Month of Photography (South Africa), Head on (Australia), Secvente (Romania), Fotografvaki (Turkey), Lagos Photo (Nigeria), Addis Photo (Ethiopia), La Quatrieme Image (France), PhotOn (Spain), Art Photo Barcelona (Spain), FestFoto (Brazil), Krakov Photomonth (Poland), Los Angeles Festival of Photography (USA), Odessa/Batumi Photo Days (Ukraine), Format (UK).
Piclet Popcap '16 - Prize for contemporary African photography - Winner
PDN Storytellers 2016 - Winner
Lensculture Storytellers 2015 - Finalist
Head On Photo 2016 - Semi-Finalist
Lensculture Emerging Talent 2016 - Winner
Mondo Galleria Award 2017 - 1st Runner Up
Magnum Photographic Awards 2017 - Finalist
Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize 2017 - Exhibition Finalist
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