Author Archives: Gerd Ludwig

“Nuclear Tourism” Exhibition at Visa Pour l’Image

“Nuclear Tourism,” a selection of Gerd Ludwig’s photographs of tourism in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, will be exhibited at Visa Pour l’Image in Perpignan, August 29 – September 18, 2015. In 2011, as people around the world watched TV reports on the nuclear meltdown in Fukushima, the Ukrainian government gave approval for travel inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, which has now become a disaster-tourism destination. Tourists take pictures of the sarcophagus encasing the reactor, but the top attraction is the ghost town of Pripyat, once home to nearly 50,000, now decaying and overgrown by nature, a less than truthful witness…

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The Long Shadow of Chernobyl App Updated

“The Long Shadow of Chernobyl” iPad app was just re-released for iOS 7 and later, with a new design and updated material. For those who already had the earlier version, a free update is available via the App Store. Spanning Gerd Ludwig’s two decades of documentation of the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe, the groundbreaking work explores the human and environmental impact since the disaster, including photos from Ludwig’s most recent trips to Chernobyl, taken in early 2011 as the crisis at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant was unfolding and in 2013, as the tourist industry expanded in the…

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Food Truck Panel; Workshops at the Annenberg Space for Photography

Coinciding with his story on LA Food Trucks in the July issue of National Geographic Magazine, Gerd Ludwig is leading a weekend of events at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles, June 27-28. He is teaching a beginner’s photography workshop, an advanced photography workshop, and moderating a panel discussion with participants from local food trucks (panel admission includes a lunch voucher). Using images from his National Geographic assignments worldwide, and focusing on the food trucks as a practical example, Gerd will instruct workshop participants how to make engaging and memorable photographs of everyday life that can be applied…

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Gerd Ludwig’s Photographs of Los Angeles Food Trucks in National Geographic Magazine

Gerd Ludwig’s latest assignment for National Geographic Magazine, “On a Roll,” published in the July 2015 issue with text by David Brindley, is a departure from his usual, more serious documentary photography. Gerd followed food trucks in Los Angeles to capture the emerging gourmet food truck culture, the wide range of foods, the creatively decorated trucks, and their enthusiastic customers. View the article and photo gallery online: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2015/07/food-trucks/brindley-text

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Gerd Ludwig Receives the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism

Gerd Ludwig has been named as one of the 9 recipients of the 2015 Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism. The Missouri School of Journalism has awarded this honor medal annually since 1930 to outstanding journalists, advertising and public relations practitioners, business people, institutions and media organizations from around the world. Medalists are selected by the faculty of the School on the basis of lifetime or superior achievement in journalism. Previous recipients include Christiane Amanpour, Tom Brokaw, Sir Winston Churchill, David Granger, Deborah Howell, Gordon Parks, and Gloria Steinem. The award ceremony will take place on October 26…

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Fried Award Prize Doubled, Deadline Extended

Fried Award Prize Doubled, Deadline Extended

  The Alfred Fried Award prize amount was just increased to 10,000 euros, and the contest’s deadline was extended to May 24, 2015. Kailash Satyarthi, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, will give the Keynote Speech at the award ceremony. Gerd Ludwig will be serving on the Jury for the Alfred Fried Photography Award for the second year in a row. The Fried Award is given annually by The Photographische Gesellschaft (PHG) in Austria and Edition Lammerhuber in partnership with UNESCO, the Austrian Parliament, the Austrian Parliamentary Reporting Association and the International Press Institute (IPI). The award recognizes the world’s best…

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