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Tom Bergmann

Photo by David Kuhn

Tom Bergmann is a Director of Photography for documentaries, narrative and experimental films with more than 30 documentary shorts and features to his credit.

Some of the leading film directors and producers within the field entrust him with the visual realization of their films. Among others, Academy Award winner Roger Ross Williams, Academy Award nominee Steve James, Sundance Award winner Eugene Jarecki rely on his ability to translate ideas and scripts into emotional strong, meaningful and artistic images. 

His recent work includes the production: Life Animated, directed by Roger Ross Williams. Julie Goldman of Motto Pictures produced this feature-documentary. The film won the Sundance award for Best Directing and was nominated for an Academy Award. It was widely featured and celebrated by critics and audience. 

Abacus – small enough to Jail by Steve James premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and has been screened at many other festivals since then, among them The New York Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival and the most prestigious International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). The film has been nominated for an Academy Award in 2018. 

Most recently Tom worked with director Eugene Jarecki on his new film The King. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, was released in more than 50 theaters all over the US and received huge attention from audience and critics.

Tom is also the preferred Director of Photography for the German film-director André Hoermann. Their longtime work relationship brought more than a dozen films to life so far – many of which were awarded with prizes at national and international film festivals. They just finished working together on the long-term documentary Ringside following the lives of two young boxers on Chicago’s South side. The film had its world-premiere at the 2019 Berlinale Film Festival.

Tom's visual approach is a poetic-realistic one – capturing verité moments by embracing the atmospheric tune of each situation. A deep interest in the subjects of his works produce strong filmic moments that gain deeper insights in people, situations and the human condition. Away from the loud and the blatant Tom aims to the little signs of transformation that will only come to awareness by a sustained study of characters over a substantial period of time.

Besides his work as a Cinematographer, Tom exhibits his still-photography in various exhibitions.

In recent years Tom worked on documentaries in India, China, Vietnam, Nepal, Uzbekistan, Russia, Mexico and Cuba.