Claire Thomas is a photojournalist and fine art photographer from Wales, currently based between the UK and New York City.
Growing up in a rural village near the town of Carmarthen in South Wales, Claire developed an ardent love for horses from an early age. It was this passion that led her to work as a horse wrangler in Wyoming, USA, where she first began taking photographs. Following her time in Wyoming, Claire traveled to Ghana on a volunteer project supporting women living with HIV/AIDS. A humbling experience, Claire continued to pursue projects in which her photography could be used as a tool to raise awareness of the pressing issues of our times.
A graduate in Politics from the University of the West of England, her photojournalism work is focused on issues surrounding political and military conflicts, human rights, and humanitarian and environmental crises. From within the camps that emerged from the refugee crisis in Europe to the frontlines in the battle against ISIS in Iraq, Claire has covered a range of stories in various countries, contributing images and photo essays to leading newspapers, magazines and news agencies worldwide.
From fine art to editorial, Claire’s approach to photography is rooted in her passion for storytelling, seeking to reflect the realities of life in a compelling, engaging, and artistic way. In pursuit of powerful and honest imagery, her work strives to convey a concept or emotion that goes beyond the image itself, providing a deeper insight into the stories and a connection with the subjects.