Gerd Ludwig

German American photographer Gerd Ludwig is considered one of the pioneering documentary photographers of our time. He studied under Prof. Otto Steinert at the legendary Folkwangschule (today: Folkwang University of the Arts) in Essen, Germany, and gained recognition in the late ‘70s for his captivating reportages in GEO, ZEITmagazin, Stern, and others. Particularly notable are his artist portraits of Friedensreich Hundertwasser and Joseph Beuys. After moving to the U.S., he became a core member of the American National Geographic Magazine for three decades. His dedicated coverage of the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster is considered a milestone of modern photojournalism. He is the recipient of the University of Missouri Medal of Honor for his outstanding achievements in journalism and the Dr. Erich Salomon Award of the German Society for Photography. His photographs are exhibited in museums, galleries, and public spaces globally. Gerd Ludwig currently resides in Los Angeles, primarily focusing on personal long-term projects.