Thomas H P Jerusalem

Photographer Male Chicago, Illinois, US
Koblenz, Rhineland–Palatinate, Germany
Saint Charles, Illinois, US
Mayhem # 2544377

About Me

Thomas H.P. Jerusalem of MUTE Photography is a German photographer living and working in the Western suburbs of Chicago, IL.  After living in London, UK for four years, he relocated to Chicago, in 2004. Thomas H.P. Jerusalem is specialized in fashion and conceptual photography with a focus on Magazine, editorial and commercial work. His work has been published in the US and in international magazines including ESTETICA USA, Italian VOGUE/PhotoVogue, Dark Beauty. He is a PhotoVOGUE Gold Artist, and has been listed in the ONE LIFE 2012 Catalog and is represented by the prestigious New York agency Art+Commerce/VOGUE NYC and LemonFRAME, Tel Aviv.

His childhood during the Cold War in West Germany and his father’s over-sized NY Photo Academy books from the sixties influenced his style that emphasizes atmosphere and strong narrative. Thomas H.P. Jerusalem started his career with Street Photography and Photojournalism, both very expressive ways of photography that forged his distinctive sensitive approach.

His work includes dark romantic, high-fashion, avant-garde and vintage space-age fashion photography with an European touch. His models are often placed in surreal environments - devastated, displaced, out of the world. Their appearances eerie and edgy with rebel and punk influences. Often spiced with irony and sarcasm. But always with a strong meaning or statement. His photographs are strong and are telling stories. His portraits are capturing souls - not just faces.

Travelling Models: not interested in messages unless you are up for collaborations/TFP while you are around.

All other MM Models: if you can't get your priorities right, or do half ass modeling, I am not interested in wasting my time with you.  Not working with flakes or wanna be models. I don't care if you are new to modeling or experienced, you have to be passionate, motivated and have personality. Too sad I have to mention it but my experience with the majority of MM models is negative in regards to being flakes  - convince me you are better.

### The photos at Model Mayhem are NOT the latest work. Please refer to website and facebook for an updated portfolio

current Castings (conceptual/Magazine work) here

Look Book 1. Click READ NOW to browse
Look Book 2. Click READ NOW to browse

VOGUE Italia Portfolio (400+ images), incl 20+ Best Of's, Editor's Selections, Picture of the Days, ESTETICA USA, DARK BEAUTY Magazine, ... intl. Magazine published (print)

Photographer: Thomas H.P. Jerusalem (Jerry)
MUTE Photography (A-MOMENT-IN-TIME.COM Photography)
Fashion and Conceptual photographer, editorial, commercial, magazine work.

BTS - A Day at the Beach

Let's Shoot - Bat Cave Studios, coached shoot, short clip

check Facebook and my website for recent work!
Personal FB
Bat Cave Studios

Studio Location
Bat Cave Studios
1020 Cedar Ave, St Charles, IL

About the Photographer

The Sound of Silence (by Brian Thornton, Modern Model Magazine, June 2015)

One of the strongest arguments against photography as an art form is the ability of a viewer to simply and quickly take in all of the aspects of a photo, and move on. No back story. Nothing left to the imagination, as some would say. I challenge these people to dismiss the works of Thomas H.P. Jerusalem so quickly.

These are images that haunt you by being both familiar, and strange. They raise more questions than answers, and the longer you study them, more mysteries some to light. You wonder what happened to the old dance hall [The old Dance Hall, Model: Natalie Lowden]? You wonder why the woman in white is walking the dog so late at night, and what is holding the dog’s attention [Black Ice, Model: Danielle Bateman, VOGUE Italia]? You wonder why the model’s dress matches the wallpaper [Tapetenwechsel, Model: Alicia Jerusalem, VOGUE Italia]? You wonder why Hallie looks so dismayed [Hallie, Model: Hallie Marie]? They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but Thomas’ photos amplify that, as his silent images send our minds racing. As we search for answers, perhaps the reality is as simple as the quote at the top of his photography page.

“It’s all about the power to freeze a Moment in Time for Eternity,” he explains – and that is exactly what he has done. “It was probably the many hours I spent with my dad, an amateur photographer, in his dark room watching him turning plain white paper into wonderful pictures using a ‘light machine’ and some fluids in colored trays,” he explained. “There was magic in this room behind the always closed door. I remember the dimmed red light, the film rolls, the developed negative films hanging on clothespins and the many wet photos posted on the tile walls until dry.” Thomas said he would hold his breath, and watch as the white paper in the trays transformed into wonderful black and white photos that captured a moment in time, adding that this experience led him to his current passion for photography.

“I can’t recall any specific one, there are too many that were ‘best’ to me,” he said as he tried to decide on a favorite photo experience, adding that all of his shoots have been uniquely memorable. “Maybe the one when I was paparazzi shooting Heath Ledger during the Dark Knight filming.”


The Making Of... THE HAUNTED (Raw Edit) … r_embedded

Reasonable rates, - very limited TFP work - contact me to book your shoot. Internationally Published Photographer based out of Chicago and Germany.

Model, Face it! You are only as good as your portfolio!

"It's all about the power to freeze a Moment in Time for Eternity..."

There are numerous other photographers taking boring shots...

TFP Shoots based on availability and most of all my interest to shoot with a model. New models interested in conceptual work or assignments will usually start with a basic TFP shoot in my studio or on location.

VOGUE ITALIA and licensed images at ART+COMMERCE VOGUE Italia, NYC
LEMON FRAME, Tel Aviv, Israel

Note to Models and MUAs
I am very passionate about my work and I expect the same from everybody I work with. If I get the impression that you are not motivated enough (i.e. it takes you forever to respond to messages) - don't even bother to ask for shoots. Before I work on concepts with new models I will go thru a basic shoot, mostly to find out what concepts you would fit in, also to get used to working with each other. Less experienced models or models with no experience welcome. No second chance for flakes and no-shows - unless you have an excuse I didn't hear yet.

I do not pay Models for TFP collaborations. This defies the whole purpose of TFP. And I do not accept escorts, unless they bring value to the shoot (such as your personal MUA we agreed on) or you are under 18 (in this case a legal guardian HAS to be present for the duration of the shoot). I also do not pay travel expenses for escorts, so don't even think about suggesting that again. If 1 hr travel to a location is too far for you or if you are not leaving your house without an escort, you may want to spend a minute thinking about how serious you take modelling.

I am not trading comments. I'm a photographer, not a 3 yr old who needs feedback every time he goes potty. I appreciate honest feedback though, just don't comment because you expect something in return. I do the same.

If you get the impression I am arrogant, or need references please check with models I worked with.

Absolutely no Flakes. If I get the impression communication prior to a shoot is one way. You are out. NEXT.


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Kait K

  • Model
  • Female
  • Elmhurst, Illinois, United States

"Had a great experience shooting, was a great environment, and photos came out amazing. Such a great opportunity. Look forward to working again in the future!"

See Sample Worked together 1 times; Most recent: April 2017
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Casting Calls

Casting Call
Apr 2, 2017 Natural red hair models
Apr 2, 2017 Continuous Project work (NEW FACES) - Magazine work
Aug 4, 2016 Continuous Project work (NEW FACES) - Magazine work/Gallery work Expired
Jun 20, 2016 Continuous Project work (NEW FACES) - Magazine work/Galley work



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