Thomas Heinser was raised in Dinslaken, Germany, and received his degree in Communication Arts from the FH School for Communications Design in Düsseldorf. He also attended classes at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf at the time when Joseph Beuys was a professor. He lives and works in San Francisco.
Heinser enjoys a widely versatile career as both a commercial and fine arts photographer. His experience and dedication to craft is evident whether staging aircraft on runways for NetJets and Bombardier, navigating an arctic highway for Ford Motor Co., working to convey emotional depth in portraits or taking early-morning flights for aerials.
The photographer has been recognized in the United States and Germany for his published and exhibited works. Heinser’s portrait series include Tank Top (2006), Circus Portrait (2009) and Still Life (2014). Aerial photography collections include Ueberblick (2011), Blickwinkel (2013) and Reduziert (2016), featuring California’s recent geographical changes and the damage its landscape has sustained.
Heinser is particularly known for his skillful rendering of the essential stillness and innate sculptural qualities of whatever subject he chooses to photograph. Kenneth Baker of the San Francisco Chronicle writes “His work, shot from a helicopter, looks at familiar terrain with a detachment that mere altitude cannot express…seeking meaning as much in the chance crisscross of ship and bridge, as in their familiar utility.”