Klaus Thymann (born 1974 in Copenhagen, Denmark) is a London-based photographer and filmmaker. He has photographed bands and artists Depeche Mode, Coldplay, Green Day, David Bowie, Linkin Park and The Kills. His work has been featured in i-D, The Fader, Details, POP, Wired and V Magazine. He is also the grandson of olympic rower Poul Thymann.
Klaus Thymann started working as a photographer at the age of fourteen photographing tourists in Copenhagen for the Canal Tour, after which he started working for various newspapers and publications in his teenage years. In 1996 he was the youngest ever winner of the Scandinavian Kodak Gold Award, numerous awards and honours have followed since.
In 1997 he co-founded a magazine, Virus, a biannual publication with in-depth features. Virus was the first magazine to uncover Echelon (the popular name to describe a signal intelligence system capable of interception and content inspection of telephone calls, fax, e-mail and other data traffic globally). The feature ultimately led to an investigation by a committee of the European Parliament with a report published in 2001.
Thymann began working with various UK and US publications and in 2000 he moved to London. Currently he is a contributor to publications such as i-D, V, POP and EXIT. He has exhibited his work in numerous group shows and had solo exhibitions including Institute of Contemporary Art, London; Museum Centro Arti Visive Pescheria, Italy and Paul Smith’s Space Gallery, Tokyo. He has photographed global advertising campaigns for Nike, Levi’s, Nokia amongst others. He has directed short films, music promos and exhibited moving image pieces.