VACK

TOM

Tom Vack is a autodidact photographer born in Chicago where he studied Architecture and Design at the University of Illinois Chicago Circle. He worked in the USA from 1970 to 1987, collaborating with well-known graphic designers, he then moved to Europe, living in Italy and Germany. He has been working with renowned designers and architects such as Michele De Lucchi, Ingo Maurer, Philippe Starck, Ron Arad, Marc Newson, Luigi Colani, Alessandro Mendini, Andrea Branzi and Toshi Kita.

Since 2013 he has started a parallel path with respect to design photography, creating a collection of Fine Art images called "OPenEYe, Art Project". In June 2014 he participatedin the collective exhibition "Morphos-Sustainable Empires" at Palazzo Albrizzi in Venice.

In 2014 the Neue Sammlung – The International Design Museum Munich, Pinakothek der Moderne, dedicated to him a comprehensive retrospective exhibition abouthis work called “Vanity of Object. Tom Vack Design Photography”. With more than 200 pictures, it has demonstrated his personal way of communicating avant-garde design from the eighties to the present.

In 2015, on the occasion of Expo Milano, he photographed the architectural works of Michele De Lucchi, beginning a path of experimentation through the development of a sophisticated process of creating panoramic photographs.

In 2016 the Milano Design Film Festival presented a film documentary about his professional career in the design photography field, called “Drunk on light. An American photographer
in Milan” by Ester Pirotta and Emilio Tremolada. The film premiered at the Blow Up Arthouse FilmFest in Chicago in 2018.

In 2018, on the occasion of Milano Photo Festival, his first solo exhibition called "OPenEYe | double visions" took place. The exhibited works represented a visual interpretation of memory, obtained through the refined superimposition of a number of places, people and objects; that aim to stimulate the visual perception of the observer through an overload of signs, textures and colors.

In 2019 he participated in Mia Photo Fair with the Paola Colombari Gallery and in the collective exhibition "Art Design New Trend" at the Colombari Gallery.

 

In 2020 he participated in the virtual “RVTV” show with Rick Valicenti / Chicago and in the Photo Basel Virtual Edition with Clair Gallerie / Zurich.In the same year he participated in the collective exhibition "Mia Photography 2020" at the Chapel of the Convent of Sant’Antonio dei Francescani Minori, organized and curated by Paola Colombari Gallery.

In 2021 he participated in the collective exhibition 'The Lonka Project' in Berlin and Jerusalem, showing a portrait of Senator Liliana Segre. In 2022 the exhibition 'The Lonka Project' has been set in Moscow.