Thomas Wagner catches glimpses of a sustainable future while photographing and reporting on nature conservancy and community.
In his work, Wagner has portrayed communities that resist and survive thanks to models of cooperation while dealing with an absent, weak or even threatening state. He understands the term “community” in a broad sense. Several examples: In 2019, Wagner retook a photographic investigation about the Jewish community in Venezuela. The previous year, he visited a marginalized neighborhood in Bogotá and described how underclass Colombians cope with the arrival of thousands of Venezuelan migrants who are even poorer than them. In 2010, he was the first German journalist in visiting the Tower David, a squatted skyscraper in downtown Caracas.
He has a Master’s degree in “International Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid” from the Center for Humanitarian Aid Studies in Valencia, Spain, and a M.A. in Communication and Political Sciences from the Technical University Dresden, Germany. He studied photography in Caracas with the maestro Nelson Garrido. He is a member of the German association of photographers, Freelens, the Foreign Press Association in Colombia (APIC) and an alumno of the German journalists network.