Recent Works

Schmutz Presents: indi x Joel I Thomas solo exhibition x Schmutz deejays

Joel will be showing works night in Das Giftraum, as well as launching his new zine: "Take photos in your dreams and bring them back with you."

This launch on May 17th will include a live ambient set by NZ musician indi, and the Schmutz lads providing the after party tunes out front in Das Gift.

Exhibition Opening Hours: Fri /// 19h.
Sat 18th + Sun 19th /// 17-20h

As part of this event, Joel's work was featured on the front page of Schmutz.

You can see the event page here:

Berlin Fashion Week

In January 2019, Joel I Thomas was sent by U.S. artist & designer Johny Dar to photograph his 2019 collection party at Berlin Fashion Week. 

'Red Berlin' & 'Krumme Lanke' Zines

As part of Berlin Zinefest in November 2018, Joel made two zines that examine the changing perspectives we place on people and space


An exhibition at Lowtide from June 21-28, 2018. 
In a globalised society where change is constant our ideas of home are often liminal and transitory. How can we establish our own identity in spaces that are endlessly moving?
Backhome is a collection of autobiographical still photography and moving image works by Iara Gelpi, Bridget McCarthy, and Joel I Thomas.

Zoe McNicholas Interviewed the artists.

Inside Auckland’s Growing Chinese Music and Arts Subculture

Auckland's Chinese creative communities are thriving, working together to make great art, music, and establish a sense of community. VICE NZ sent Joel to a night at The Thirsty Dog Tavern to write about and photograph this.

Auckland Creatives in a Housing Crisis

In a housing crisis where people are struggling to find homes without dampness and mould, VICE NZ got Joel to visit Auckland creatives and artists to see how they survive.

Laneway Festival 2018

Joel went to Auckland's annual Laneway music festival for VICE NZ to capture the crowd, acts, and atmosphere in an hour by hour photo-essay.

The last night of the Kings Arms

The Kings Arms Tavern was an Auckland institution in music, a legendary venue with a graffitied toilets and a garden, the bar housed some of the greatest acts ever to play in New Zealand. Joel, who also worked there as a bartender, photographed the last night for The Spinoff

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