When in Rome… Don’t forget the lasers. i-D loyalist Klaus Thymann zaps into town, doing what he does best, combining science and art in his latest exhibition.
Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, Klaus began working as a photographer shooting tourists in Copenhagen at the Canal Tour when he was fourteen. In 1996, aged 22, he was the youngest ever winner of the Scandinavian Kodak Gold Award. Now an established photographer and regular i-D contributor, this month sees Klaus present ‘Diffraction Limited Portraiture and Abstracts’ in Rome’s Museo Orto Botanico. Part of a European art and science initiative, involving universities and museums across ten different countries, for this exhibition Klaus has created stunning portraits and abstract images experimenting with lasers and light diffraction. Using a long camera exposure, the images act as a documentary of light, “The camera becomes a tool for capturing and storing images that our eyes can’t create,” Klaus tells i-D Online. “The images include men and women portrayed in an early nude photography style that creates a striking contrast with the sci-fi, space age lasers.”
Visit the exhibition halls of the UNESCO world heritage sight at the Orto Botanico to see for yourself. Other artists include Eduardo Kac, Mariko Mori, Justine Cooper, Wout Berger, Richard Faynor, Marek Kvetan and Johanna Laitan.