Kyle Thompson



Sinking Captain





The surreal and the self





Kyle Thompson began taking photographs at the age of nineteen after finding interest in nearby abandoned houses, sometimes even living in these houses for a couple of days to work on a particular shot. His work is mostly composed of self portraits, which he shoots using a timer and moving slowly in front of the camera as it shots, as if it was a solitary performance. Thompson’s carefully staged photographs encapsulate an ephemeral narrative, a nonexistent story line that only lives for a split moment that the artist is able to display through attentively planning every detail of the shot: as he states, it is more of a work of pre-production, than of any postproduction. By diverting the view of the face, the images become more ambiguous allowing the viewer to identify with he subject closely.



Open Stage, a cura di Gabriela Galati, Reggia di Caserta, promoter aA29 Project Room.

Harpers Bazaar (Spain), “El Surrealismo Magico De Kyle J Thompson”, December 2015
Portland Mercury, “Breathing Life into Disaster Porn: Kyle Thompson’s Ghost Town”, February 2015
Hi Fructose, “Kyle Thompson’s Ghost Town”, February 2015
Photo+ (Korea), “Kyle Thompson”, January 2015. Print.
Urban Outfitters, “Kyle Thompson”, October 2015
We The Urban, “Kyle Thompson”, June 2015
Empty Kingdom, “Ghost Town”, August 2015

Dazed and Confused (Korea), “Lens Performance”, October 2014. Print
Rangefinder, “Introspection Imagined: Kyle Thompson’s Conceptual Surrealism”, April 2014. Print
National Geographic, “The Un-Selfie: Taking Back the Self-Portrait”, June 2014
Hi Fructose, “Exclusive Interview: Kyle Thompson”, September 2014
Digital Photo Magazine, “Surreal Sharp Shooter”, August 2014. Print
Brit+Co, “Meet the Maker: Surreal Photographer Kyle Thompson”, May 2014
The Daily Star, “The entrancing self-portraiture of Kyle Thompson”, January 2014

The Daily Beast, “Photographer Kyle Thompson Elevates the ‘Selfie’ to Self-Portraiture”, December 2013
The Huffington Post, “His Photos May Just Change Your Life”, November 2013
Yahoo News, “Surrealist Photographer”, January 2013
SLR Lounge, “Kyle Thompson’s Incredibly Creative Self-Portraits”, February 2013
Beautiful Decay, “The Darkly Surreal Photographs Of Kyle Thompson”, April 2013
NSS Magazine, “God Save the Teens”, May 2013
INSIGHT Magazine, “Kyle Thompson”, January 2013. Print.
Empty Kingdom, “Kyle Thompson”, May 2013
Peta Pixel, “Graveyard Girls”, June 2013

Yahoo News, “Surrealist Photographer Takes Out of This World Self-Portraits”, October 2012
Dolce&Gabanna’s Swide Magazine, “Photography by Kyle Thompson – Talent in the suburbs of Chicago”, June 2012
Juxtapoz, “Self Portraits by Kyle Thompson”, July 2012
io9, “Staggering Photos that Combine Self-Portaiture with Surrealism”, June 2012
Fstoppers, “Surreal Self Portraits By Kyle Thompson”, October 2012
Picnic Magazine, “Kyle Thompson”, November 2012. Print.
Revista Ragga, “Mundo Surreal”, October 2012. Print.
DOZE Magazine, “Kyle Thompson”, October 2012
Phlearn, “Phlearn Interviews Kyle Thompson”, October 2012
You Me & Charlie, “Kyle Thompson”, November 2012
Les Deux Hommes, “Photography by Kyle Thompson”, 2012. Print.
Art Rebels, “Interview with Photographer Kyle Thompson”, July 2012


Italian Vogue, Photo of the Day, July 21 2012
Italian Vogue, Photo of the Day, October 23 2015