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 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.

 

Upcoming Exhibitions

The Horsemen of Semonkong - ArtCo Gallery, Germany - July 2017

Les Nuits de la Photographie - Les Rencontres De La Photographie - Arles 2017

 

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 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

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). 

 

AWARDS

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

 

Archive of links

 

Articles and Interviews

Review of Andriesvale Exhibition in the Cape Times newspaper. 

Mail & Guardian feature - Artists who drill below the obvious - October 2015

BBC world service interview about The Price of Gold - October 2015

BBC News Video featuring The Price of Gold exhibition - October 2015

Between 10 and 5 Interview - January 2016

Daily Maverick Interview - February 2016

Resource Magazine Interview - March 2016

Dodho Magazine Interview - April 2016

 

Online Publications

Silicosis: The long battle to get the mines to cough up - Daily Maverick - September 2015

The Price of Gold Photo Essay in The Guardian - October 2015

Sunday Times article - Forget the myths about foreigners. 

The Objectors comment piece in the South African Mail & Guardian.

The Price of Gold - multimedia piece in the Mail & Guardian - August 2015

The Caregivers - Multimedia piece in the Mail & Guardian - September 2015

Roads & Kingdoms - Portraits of Resistance - 2016

Workshop X - The Price of Gold - 2016

L'Oeil De La Photographie - The Price of Gold - 2016

British Airways High Life - Wrapped Up - 2016

The Independent - The Horsemen of Semonkong - 2016

The Guardian - The Horsemen of Semonkong - 2016

Esquire Russia - The Horsemen of Semonkong - 2016