Chris Thomaidis (b.1953, Kastoria region, Greece) is a photographer based in Toronto, Canada. Self taught, he learned from his first mentor, a painter, that what you exclude from an image is as important as what you include. This teaching has influenced his approach to everything he has photographed since. Chris works with a diverse range of subject matter and media. Contemplative observation best describe his process; a strong graphic sensibility results in finding clarity in chaos. Conceptually, his work is based on the simple narratives of the everyday. A news item about the collapse of an ice shelf in Antarctica, initiates a series of studio still life. An empty mall parking lot, begins a long term project on the automobile and land use. From early in his career, Chris experimented with abstraction in found environments and in studio. Intertwined branches in bramble, mimic brush strokes. Ten centimetre pieces of ice, become kilometre wide Arctic ice floats.
Chris began his photographic career in 1981, working freelance for corporate, multi-media and editorial clients which evolved into a position as director of photography with a multi-media firm. The years working on visual content for Fortune 500 companies were invaluable when Chris returned to independent work in 1988. His professional work has been recognized in American Photography Annuals, Communication Arts Design & Photo Annuals, PDN and many advertising and design award competitions. He has guest lectured at OCAD and Ryerson University, and mentored youth in the Magenta Foundation’s Incubator program. He has worked pro-bono with PEN Canada on several annual reports, and with other non-profit organizations.
Throughout his career, Chris has made a conscious decision to make personal work that differed from his professional work. His photographs can be found in corporate and private collections throughout North America and Europe. Chris continues to experiment photographically and conceptually in studio, and in urban and rural environments.
Jim Ryce - I've had the pleasure of working with Chris on several projects now. He has such a unique vision and style along with a strong conceptual approach to his work. Being able to collaborate with Chris has made for some very successful results. Creativity aside, he also has a really easy going personality and is extremely dedicated to his craft. I highly recommend Chris and feel very fortunate to have worked with him.
Gilbert Li - I have hired Chris for a number of editorial and commercial assignments. His unique vision adds tremendously to the results of every project. In fact, he has played a key role in many of our award-winning projects. Aside from his creativity, his wealth of experience is invaluable in helping to ensure that shoots go smoothly and efficiently. I have no hesitation in recommending Chris to anyone needing a great photographer.
Lauren Wickware - Chris has a unique way of seeing things which is highlighted in his thoughtful and engaging photographs. Chris never backs down from a challenge—his keen sense of humour fuels his approach while his skill and knowledge always result in a distinct outcome. I would highly recommend Chris as he has been an integral part of many successful projects.
Elena Kovyrzina - Chris shot for our magazine on numerous occasions and he has always exceeded expectations for our photography needs. He is an outstanding photographer, a great visionary with deep knowledge of the craft and of the business. As well as a true problem solver and a real pleasure to work with. With Chris you can be sure you will get amazing results back. Highly recommended.
Anna Camara - His wry sense of humour and calm demeanour bely a serious commitment, even in less than ideal conditions, to achieve excellent results. Chis remains my first choice as a collaborator on any graphic or image-based project.