Gerd Ludwig

Gerd Ludwig is an internationally renowned photographer and has been working primarily for National Geographic Magazine since 1989. His focus on environmental issues and the socio-economic changes following the dissolution of the Soviet Bloc resulted in his ten-year retrospective exhibition and book, Broken Empire: After the Fall of the USSR, published in 2001 by National Geographic in the US, Germany and Korea. His ongoing coverage of post-Soviet Russia has earned him the distinction of being the world’s foremost color photographer documenting the region. He has received numerous awards, including the 2006 Lucie Award for International Photographer of the Year, the 2014 German Society for Photography (DGPh)’s prestigious Dr. Erich Salomon Award, and in 2015 he received the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism.