Photo by David Kuhn
German born Tom Bergmann is a Director of Photography for documentaries, narrative and experimental films. His recent works include the Academy Award® nominated documentary: Life, Animated, directed by Roger Ross Williams and the feature length documentary Promised Land directed by Eugene Jarecki (the film premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival) as well as Abacus: Too Small to Jail directed by Steve James. Ongoing projects also include The Punch by German director André Hörmann and Don't make me over about singer Dionne Warwick.
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 Director of Photography for the past 15years. His visual aproach 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.