Thomas Wagner is a documentary photographer based in Bogotá where he has dedicated much of his work to the armed conflict in Colombia and the peace dialogue with the Farc rebels. His photographs have been published by different German and international media outlets, including DIE ZEIT, ZEITMagazin and The Miami Herald.
Wagner lived from 2007 to 2010 in Caracas, Venezuela, where he covered at first hand life in the socialism of the 21st century. He moved to Bogotá in 2010. He travelled and reported on various parts of Latin America, as well as countries outside Latin America including the Democratic Republic of Kongo, Serbia and Kosovo.
Wagner was born in Bernau, East Germany, and was 13 years old when the Berlin wall fell. One of his vivid memories is of his family crossing the border to West Berlin for the first time where some young West Berliners approached him and handed him a small plastic bag full of D-Mark-coins. He saved that money to buy his first used analogue camera. He is still thankful to these anonymous helpers.
Before becoming a professional photographer, Wagner worked as an editor and reporter at the Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa), Agence France-Presse (AFP) in Germany, and as the Head of Communications in Colombia for the German government´s development agency, GIZ.
Wagner has a M.A. in Communication and Political Sciences (Technical University Dresden) and a Master in International Cooperation (Humanitarian Aid Studies Centre Kalu, Valencia). He studied photography in Caracas with the maestro Nelson Garrido. He is a member of the Asociación de Prensa Internacional en Colombia (APIC).