About Thomas Heinser

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 documenting bridges around the world or California’s most recent drought and fire devastation.

The photographer has been recognized in the United States and Germany for his published and exhibited works. Heinser’s portrait series include Growing Up (2007 and ongoing), Circus Portrait (2008), Still Life (2014) and Actors & Directors (2015). Aerial photography collections include Überblick (2010), Blickwinkel (2013), Blickwinkel 2 (2013), And Everything In Between (2015), Reduziert (2016), Getzeiten (2017) About Water (2017), Werkschau (2018), About Fire (2018), After The Fire (2018), and Salz und Asche / Werkschau (2019). Many of the photographer’s aerial collections feature 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.”


For inquiries about commissions or acquiring photographic works, please contact us at thomas@thomasheinser.com or call 415-309-3618.