The Athlete depicts two unique bodies of work addressing athleticism. Interested in the psyche of the athlete, Joshua Thomas enters the subcultures of these sports, observing from within to explore ideas of masculinity, manhood and community.

The series ‘The Athlete’ has two parts, focusing on two gym subcultures through a documentary-style.

Adicto a la Formación outlines the rich culture of Mexico City’s DIY athleticism. The gym is not located within a building but on the streets, featuring steel bars, slabs of concrete and seemingly abstract, dystopian machines.

Muscle Works explores the environment of London’s most celebrated Body Building Gyms of the same name. Muscle Works Gym is home to many of the UK’s top bodybuilders and was founded by Savvas Kyriacou in 1988. When he was competing as a bodybuilder, Savvas set out on a mission to create the ultimate training environment, which rapidly became famous for forging some of the most impressive physiques the country has ever seen. Muscle Works is presented in the form of a zine, which was created during a three-week intensive photo-documentary workshop with the highly prestigious Magnum Photo Agency.

Joshua Thomas has a Bachelor of Creative Practice (Photography) (Honours) from the School of Communication and Creative Industries, Charles Sturt University. In 2017, he was a recipient of the Young Regional Artist Scholarship from Create NSW. Through this program, Joshua travelled widely and studied under some of the worlds most renowned photojournalists with the Foundry workshop; featuring photographers from National Geographic, The New York Times, TIME, Newsweek, Stern, and countless other international publications. Joshua also went on to study under the acclaimed Magnum photographers, Stuart Franklin and Chris Steele-Perkins, while attending a master class in London.

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