Originally from Paris, Théo de Gueltzl studied at Central Saint Martins in London, graduating in 2014. Initially focusing on fine art, he developed a long-standing partnership with Hermès, contributing intricate drawings for their textile designs. Documenting his travels through photography became a parallel obsession.
His approach to photography explores sculptural form, the surrounding world and a sensitive, in-depth investigation of human stories and character. Rooted in the authenticity of travel documentary, de Gueltzl’s fashion and still-life imagery embraces an otherworldly aesthetic, intertwining his interests in the environment and fine art. At the heart of his practice is an empathetic approach to celebrate the cultures, communities and landscapes he encounters, as well as the exercise of creating new structures to capture fashion within.
Meanwhile, de Gueltzl continues to develop his design practice. He most recently completed an animated video of Bob Marley’s ‘Redemption Song,’ commissioned by the Marley family to mark what would have been his 75th birthday.
Amongst many solo and group exhibitions, de Gueltzl has exhibited at Red Hook labs in New York as part of their new artists show in 2017. In October 2020, he exhibited a new series of personal work taken in Los Angeles on the cusp of the Covid-19 lockdown. He is regularly published by Vogue France, Vogue US, M Le magazine du Monde, AnOther, and More or Less, and includes Hermès and Louis Vuitton amongst his commissioned work.
“I see photography as an intuitive and direct way to express myself. It is first a passion, a language, something part of my quotidien life. Photographs allow me to tell a story without words, to express my emotions without explanation, to create a second layer of reality.”
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