Tommy Heinrich was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
He began climbing at an early age in northern Patagonia and the high mountains of the Andes.
After graduating with a degree in Animal Sciences, Tommy departed for the USA, from where he traveled for over 15 years throughout the world combining his passion for photography and climbing the highest and remotest mountains.
He was recently on assignment for National Geographic Magazine, where he photographed a Polish team doing a winter ascent of Nanga Parbat, located in Pakistan, which at 8.125 meters is the 9 th highest mountain in the world.
In 1995, he became the first person from Argentina to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Along with Brad Bull from the USA, Apa Sherpa, Nima Rita, Arita and Lobsang Jangbu Sherpa, from Nepal they were the only six people to reach the summit of Mt. Everest through the South Col route during the entire year of 1995.
Member of 10 Himalayan expeditions, he is the only person from Argentina to reach the summit of Lhotse (the fourth highest mountain in the world). In 1993 he did a Solo ascent of Cholatse in Nepal, a 22.000 ft mountain in the Everest region.
He has done several successful ascents of Aconcagua, the first one Solo in 1992. He has also done several first ascents of unnamed peaks in the Andes region.
Through the years he has done many alpine and rock climbing ascents in the USA, Thailand and Argentina.
He has done many big wall ascents in California's Yosemite Valley, El Capitan, Half Dome, Liberty Cap and many other challenging rock routes in the valley.
He was hired to photograph and also film expeditions to Mt. Everest, Dhaulagiri and Aconcagua by CBS, Dish Network, and Canal 13 from Argentina.
His film footage was shown on CBS, Discovery, CNN, Univision, and most TV networks in Argentina.
While working with photographer Doug Menuez, he assisted in commercial photo shoots for Versace, ABN Chicago Bank, Ford Motors Ltd, Levis Strauss, Verizon and others.
He has documented both on film and photo, World Polo Championships in Argentina, England and France.
He attended Rich Clarkson's photography workshops given by National Geographic and Sports Illustrated staff, specializing in nature, adventure and sports photography.
His photographs have been published in catalogs and magazines in USA, Argentina and Europe.
He currently lives in Buenos Aires with his family, Victoria and Liam their son.