Gilbert+Tor+George, Arles 2018

In his works Tor Seidel frequently refers to banal everyday objects and phenomena in order to tries to transform them into his own, in a transformation process, often in an ironic way, but also on epistemological levels. Seidel's very personal themes and language is related to forms that produce the subconscious and the unconscious, and which are stored in the collective memory. Therefore he is illuminating the relationship between time, space and memory. This implies that Seidel is not content with just one medium - he works with such different media of visual, olfactory and auditory nature.

Tor Seidel started as a freelance photographer, art director and independent artist, working for magazines, authorities, agencies, architects and designers. To highlight are magazines like Vanity Fair, Vogue, Architectural Digest, New York Times Magazine. Seidel has curated shows in Germany as well as in the UAE.

His work is exhibited in Hongkong, Miami, Moskau, Paris, Berlin, Cologne, Helsinki, London. Seidel received the Polaroid Portrait Award in 2001 and the Syngenta Photo Award 2017, was nominated for the German Photo Book Award 2015 and 2018. His work is being collected in private collections and museums.

Seidel is producing continuously conceptual-Photo books, two of them are thematically based in the UAE (The Dubai 2014, Mannequins 2018). In 2018 Seidel was fellow at the UAE Unlimited program hosted by Maraya Art Center.

Seidel studied art, archaeology and philosophy and holds a M.A. in Philosophy (Free University Berlin). He is currently a Lecturer for photography at the College of Fine Arts and Design, University of Sharjah.