KARL R. THIEL
* 1962, Neviges / Rhineland
Curriculum vitae - Life / Résumé
Career and activities:
Relevant in 2015/´16
Current commissioned work and independent work. Continuously extending photographic collection. Preparations for new editions and exhibitions are in the pipeline, and the entire relaunch of my own Web page has now been completed.
Independent adviser und publicist. Setting up my brand „Die Marke“ (advice in the topic of communication skills). New photographic image portfolios „100 Days with Robert Capa“, „Homeland/Heimat“, and „Intermezzo Color Spaces / Farbräume“. Comput of my complete photographic work covering 40 years – from 1973 to 2013 – with more than 74,000 photo shots. My first experiments with digital video production.
Head MarCom, marketing and corporate communication for international companies (OKI Systems, Düsseldorf/London; TA Triumph-Adler, Hamburg/Nürnberg). Individual photographic projects, cooperation with Vilim Vasata, Professor of Communication Design at University of Essen/Germany.
Literature Manager and Group Account Director for international advertising agencies (GGK, McCann-Erickson, Dentsu S+P – all in Düsseldorf/Germany).
Individual photographic projects.
My first experiments with „Lomography“ as a new approach to artistic photography.
Self-employment as an independent journalist. Setting up my 24-hour press service, with photo studio, stock images, and monochrome lab in Düsseldorf.
Text and photo reports, e.g. for Diners Club Magazine, Impression, Der Spiegel, Rheinische Post, VDI Magazin, Forum Modernes Theater, Baumeister, Prisma. Establishing my private picture library (the later „www.thielcollection.de“)
Acting as a press photographer and editor with IVB Report and BPI in Germany and around Europe. Regular text and image publishing by the entire daily, weekly, and magazine press in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland.
Studying visual communication / graphic design at FH Düsseldorf (higher ed. inst.), and post as a trainee with International Press Agency, IVB Report (Int. Traffic News and Image Services), BPI (Image Press International), Düsseldorf.
Awards / Prizes
Annual Multimedia Award
Best of Corporate Communication Award
Best of Corporate Publishing Award
Best Marketing Company Award (3x)
Deutscher Industriepreis/German Industry Prize
Econ/Handelsblatt Award (Corporate Communication Annual (2x))
German Standards Annual (3x)
Germany’s Customer Champ
International Corporate Media Award
IT Innovation Prize
Red Dot Design Award „Best of the Best“
Red Dot Design Award Corporate Communication
Turnarounder of the Year (for TA Triumph-Adler AG)
Golden Advertising Award of Montreux
iF Exhibition Design Award
and further communication media awards (for OKI Systems)
Finalist at International Advertising Award „The New York Festival“ (for McCann-Erickson)
Christophorus Awards for outstanding journalistic performance (for IVB Report)
2018 USA/Canada, 2016 Iceland , 2014 Scotland; 2013 Croatia, Pyrenees; 2008 Ireland; 2002 Thailand; 2001 Japan; 1996 USA; 1990 Essen/Germany (encounter with MAGNUM photographer Inge Morath on the occasion of „Zeitblende“ exhibition)
School / education / training
Continuation of training as a reserve officer; reserve duty training exercise as press staff officer, e.g. during NATO manoeuvre „Golden Crown“ in Lower Saxony as well as in the International Press Centre of NORTHAG during the Canadian Army Trophy in Munster/Lower Sax., and in so doing: fulfilling magazines and photo reportages
Various training courses, internships and seminars in digital image processing, colourlab processing, colour reproduction, and phototypesetting, e.g. at Compugraphic, Agfa-Gevaert, Tetenal, and at Photo School Kiel/Germany
Bundeswehr (German army), officers’ training: Reserve Chief Lieutenant-Colonel in Reserve
primary and secondary school, Velbert; Technical School for Design, Düsseldorf, with Technical Baccalaureate as school final; in parallel assume to education and final examination as printer
Early birds coming out of a camera
1977 Establishing the first monochrome lab in my parents’ home
and first SLR equipment of my own
1976 First studio and lab internship at a regional photographer’s
1973 Now photography’s growing to continuity
1972 First pupil’s 35mm film camera
1967 First snapshots with my parents’ camera
Picture Gallery ( (60s to present))
"Good luck" by MAGNUM photographer
Inge Morath for Karl R. Thiel
2010 - present
2010 - present