Photo by David Kuhn
German born Tom Bergmann is a Cinematographer for documentaries, narrative and experimental films.
His recent works include the Academy Award nominated documentary: Abacus: Too Small to Jail by director Steve James, the Academy Award nominated documentary Life, Animated, by director Roger Ross Williams and the feature length documentary THE KING directed by Eugene Jarecki (the film premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival). He was the Cinematographer for the HBO short documentary Traffic Stop which was also nominated for an Academy Award earlier this year. Ongoing projects include The Punch by German director André Hörmann.
Tom studied cinematography at the University for Film and Television 'Konrad Wolf' in Potsdam-Babelsberg/Germany before he studied Art History in New York City. He has been a freelance Cinematographer for the past 15years with more than 30 documentary shorts and features to his credit.
His 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.