Episode 63 / VOICES ON ART – The VAN HORN Gallery Podcast / Thinking photography | THOMAS SEELIG, Head of the Photographic Collection at Museum Folkwang, Essen
44 min.,recorded 3 June, 2022, language english. Portrait photo by Anne Morgenstern
In Thomas Seelig’s life and career photography takes center stage. Originally taking off to become a Photo Journalist and Photographer himself, Thomas soon understood that working with photography can take many forms and that photography itself is a fluid, ever changing medium. During his studies, still practicing the art himself, Thomas set out, with a couple of Companions, to run an exhibition space at his University. Their curiosity and pro-activity led them to internships in New York City and opened up the whole field in before unknown ways. For himself Thomas realized that communicating with people, exchanging knowledge and placing himself in larger networks, enabled him to research and campaign for photography in an extended way. His fields of work included SK Stiftung Kultur in Cologne, Galerie Ulrich Fiedler, Fotomuseum Winterthur. Since 2018 Thomas serves as Head of Collection at Museum Folkwang in Essen, where he looks at the history of the collection from the standpoint of the present moment, envisioning contemporary developments as well as the directions creating, exhibiting and collecting photography and it’s many expressions may lead to.