Assistant Professor of Photography
Sheila Johnson Design Center
Thomas is the author of the upcoming book The Fashion Image for Bloomsbury Press, London (Jan 2018), and an Editor at Large for IRKmagazine, a Paris based fashion and culture magazine and web site. An Assistant Professor and past Photography Program Director at Parsons School of Design in New York, Thomas currently lectures internationally on topics of photography, fashion, education, and contemporary professional practices. He is also the former owner of Thomas Werner Gallery in Manhattan’s Chelsea Art District, and recently lead a team developing a media and literacy web site and resource center in five languages, Spanish, French, Russian, Arabic and English for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations/UNESCO. Werner has worked with the Department of State as a cultural representative in Russia, and been a photography consultant for COACH and Rodale Publishing, among others. Thomas was a three time Director on the National Board of the American Society of Media Photographers, is the former President of ASMP’s New York Chapter, and former President of the ASMP Foundation. He is a recurrent instructor at the United Nations Education First Summer School, and is presenting workshops on effective message development and communication on an international basis.
Over the last nine years his personal work has been Russia and Ukraine centric, spending an average of 70 days a year there partnering with 33 cultural, educational, and governmental organizations to develop projects in 34 cities. The focus of this work has been the introduction of the principles of civil society, the advancement of media literacy and contemporary education methodologies, and the development of creative cultures within the country. He has curated exhibitions in the United States and abroad, and his personal art work and private collection of Russian photographs and artifacts have been exhibited internationally.
fashion, visual culture, curatorial practice, performance, photography, sound design, video, publishing