Thomas Ball (b.1979, Saudi Arabia) is a documentary photographer from Ireland. He graduated with a first class degree in Natural Sciences from Trinity College Dublin in 2002. He went on to work in the environmental industry and aerial surveying in Australia and Ireland.
In 2007 he undertook an MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at The London College of Communication and was awarded a distinction. Since then he has lived in London and worked freelance in the UK and abroad on self-initiated documentary projects and editorial or commercial assignments.
Thomasʼ photography has been published extensively, including: GEO, The Guardian, GQ, Wired, National Geographic, Independent on Sunday, The Irish Times, The New Review, Libération, Cicero Magazine, New Internationalist, Les Temps, Foto8, Hotshoe, Creative Review, and The British Journal of Photography. His work has been exhibited widely, most notably at The Whitechapel Gallery (London), Somerset House (London), Flash Forward Festival (Canada & US), Les Rencontres d’Arles (France), The Royal Photographic Societyʼs International Print Exhibition (UK), The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies (USA), Association of Photographer’s Gallery (London), The Hereford Photo Festival (UK), Crane Kalman Gallery (Brighton), and The Royal West of England Academy (Bristol).
His first short film Electrosensitive: Outliers in a Wireless World was screened at the Reframe Documentary Film Festival in Canada in January 2014.
Thomas was nominated for the Prix Pictet Photography Prize in 2010 and was a Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Winner in 2011 & 2013.
“My training in environmental sciences has heavily influenced my working practice. Exploitation of natural resources, sustainability and social issues related to the environment are central themes that run through much of my work. I draw inspiration from thought-provoking, long-term documentary projects, and from the work of photographers like Joel Sternfeld, Mitch Epstein, Ed Burtynksy, Nadav Kander and Alec Soth.”