Heidi & Hans-Jürgen Koch
Heidi Hans-Jürgen Koch started out on their joint expedition into the world of photography some 25 years ago. Heidi, the graduate social worker, and Hans-Jürgen, the behavioral scientist, chose animals as their photographic theme. They like to call their work lifeform photography. The countless publications in the most prestigious magazines around the globe testify to their passion and professional work. “What’s so special about the Kochs is that that they intuitively discover what others do not see,” this is how Wolfgang Behnken, the legendary Art Director of stern magazine describes the couple. They have been awarded many prizes for their unique way to view the world and the wide range of photographic works: Art Directors Club Germany and Europe, BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Lead Award, Hansel-Mieth-Prize, German Prize for ScientificPhotography, as well as the World Press Photo Award. They received the Dr.-Erich-Salomon Award for ‘outstanding photography in journalism’, which probably is the most important international award for photography granted in Germany. Heidi & Hans-Jürgen Koch belong to the elite circle of the world’s best photographers.