Thilo Schmuelgen is a freelance photographer and photojournalist based in Cologne, Germany. He works mainly for magazines, newspapers, charities and corporate clients, and since 2016 he is also a contractor for Reuters. His pictures have been featured in numerous German and international publications such as Der Spiegel, Stern, Die Zeit, 11Freunde, Süddeutsche Zeitung, FAZ, The Guardian and The New York Times.

Having grown up in the border triangle of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, Thilo started working professionally by taking pictures for the daily newspaper of his hometown Eschweiler at the age of nineteen. During his following photography training he worked for the commercial, industrial and architectural photographer Tom Pochert, and as a photographer and picture editor at Heinen Verlag/ Kölnische Rundschau in Cologne. In 2001 he received his apprenticeship diploma in photography in Cologne.

Awards:

2019 NRW Pressefoto des Jahres, 1st place for Jewish carnival, for Reuters
2013 LeadAwards, nominee Best Magazin Story for Stehplatz ermäßigt, 11FREUNDE #134
2012 Kölner Medienpreis, Category News Photography for 24 Monate, 24 Bilder - zwei Jahre Köln, published in Kölnische Rundschau

Selected Exhibitions:

2021 Rückblende, Preis für politische Fotografie, Landesvertretung RLP Brussels, six other cities and Online
2020 Shutdown notes, Stammheimer Kulturmeile, Cologne
2019 NRW-Pressefoto des Jahres, Landtag NRW Düsseldorf
2019 Rückblende, Preis für politische Fotografie, Landesvertretung RLP Berlin and seven other cities
2017 Rückblende, Preis für politische Fotografie, Landesvertretung RLP Berlin and seven other cities
2014 Ein Tag Deutschland, Dongguan Exhibition Center, China
2014 Mensch und Arbeit, Galerie 68elf, Internationale Photoszene Festival Köln, Cologne
2014 R(h)eine Träume 2, Harbour Club, Internationale Photoszene Festival Köln, Cologne
2014 Ende, Karat, Cologne
2013 VisualLeader, Deichtorhallen Hamburg
2012 R(h)eine Träume, Carlswerk Köln, Internationale Photoszene Festival Köln, Cologne
2012 Ein Tag Deutschland, Wissenschaftspark, Gelsenkirchen
2011 Ein Tag Deutschland, Goethe Institutes in Kabul, Afghanistan and Dhaka, Bangladesh
2010 Ein Tag Deutschland, Freelens Galerie, Hamburg
2010 50°56 ́N, 6°57 ́O, 41 aus einer Million, Pfeiler Deutzer Brücke, Internationale Photoszene Köln, Cologne
2010 125/stel, Studio Dumont, Cologne
2010 Canchas, Hoi Offraum, Cologne
2009 ShopStop, Kunsttour Maastricht, The Netherlands