Thomas Demand

Thomas Demand

Thomas Demand, (born 1964) is a German sculptor and photographer. Best known for making photographs of three-dimensional models that look like real images of rooms and other spaces, often sites loaded with social and political meanings, he describes himself not as a photographer, but as a conceptual artist for whom photography is an intrinsic part of his creative process.

"I started making pictures which are about simple, impromptu observations – like the haiku in Japanese poetry – bringing in the shortness of that, and the nowness of it..."

Thomas Demand

Demand begins with a preexisting image coming from the media, usually of a political event, which he translates into a life-size model made of colored paper and cardboard. His handcrafted facsimiles of architectural spaces and natural environments are built in the image of other images. Thus, his photographs are triply removed from the scenes or objects they purport to depict. Combining craftsmanship and conceptualism in equal parts, Demand pushes the medium of photography toward uncharted frontiers. His originality has won him recognition as one of the most innovative artists of his generation.