Author Archives: Gerd Ludwig

“Winds of Change” Presentation at Annenberg Space for Photography


Gerd Ludwig will share his experiences capturing the colossal changes since the dissolution of the Soviet Union to today. Resonating with a full scale of emotion, his images have garnered him distinction as the world’s foremost color photographer documenting the region. From the broken empire’s legacy of environmental exploitation, to the warp-speed economic transformation of Russia, Ludwig reveals a many-faceted people, by turns suspicious and sympathetic, greedy and generous, stoic and exuberant.
The presentation will span his coverage from early work published in National Geographic to more recent stories in Kazakhstan and the Ukraine. After first photographing the aftermath of

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Gerd Ludwig Kickstarts 20-Year Chernobyl Retrospective Photo Book

Gerd Ludwig Kickstarts 20-Year Chernobyl Retrospective Photo Book

The Long Shadow of Chernobyl culminates 20 years of coverage by National Geographic photographer Gerd Ludwig into the most authoritative photo book documenting the aftermath of the worst nuclear disaster to date. The book is being funded in part by a Kickstarter campaign to offset the cost of printing this high-quality photo book.
Watch the video and pre-order today at: http://gerdludwig.com/kickstarter…
Ludwig’s powerful images tell us tragic stories of the lives of the victims, the desolation of the Exclusion Zone, and the remnants of lives once lived in the now abandoned city of Pripyat. Inside the destroyed reactor #4, Ludwig

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The Long Shadow of Chernobyl Photo Book – Now on Kickstarter


THE LONG SHADOW OF CHERNOBYL
A Retrospective Photo Book by Gerd Ludwig
Captivating images of National Geographic photographer Gerd Ludwig’s nine visits to Chernobyl in 20 years tell us tragic stories of the life of the victims, the Exclusion Zone and the abandoned city of Pripyat. Ludwig ventured deeper into the belly of the beast than any Western photographer, repeatedly documenting the destroyed rector #4, which will disappear under a New Safe Confinement for at least 100 years. Bordering the site of the worst nuclear disaster to date, the abandoned city of Pripyat might face a similar destiny as authorities

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Searching for King Arthur Published in National Geographic Germany


In “Searching for King Arthur,” published as a cover story in the January 2014 issue of National Geographic Germany, Gerd Ludwig follows the footsteps of the mythical King Arthur to capture images of the cultural artifacts and modern day influences of one of histories greatest heroes.
For more information: http://www.nationalgeographic.de/reportagen/auf-den-spuren-von-koenig-artus…

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“Around The World In 125 Years,” CBS News

“Around The World In 125 Years,” CBS News

Photo National Geographic
CBS News recently did a segment on National Geographic’s Around the World In 125 Years published by fine bookmaker Taschen. Around the World in 125 Years is a three-volume set of National Geographic’s best photography, which includes many photographs that have never been published. During the segment, CBS News featured Gerd Ludwig’s image of a Russian Orthodox priest meditating in snow-covered hills.
In case you missed it, here’s a link to CBS News http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/national-geographic-showcases-125-years-of-amazing-images/…

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National Geographic Photographers On Photography

National Geographic Photographers On Photography

Photos Pamela Chen
National Geographic describes PROOF as its online photography experience and says: “It was launched to engage ongoing conversations about photography, art, and journalism.” In addition, the site will offer new avenues for audiences “to get a behind-the-scenes look at the National Geographic storytelling process.”
Gerd Ludwig is part of the initial video called The Photographers on Photography, which offers interviews with regular contributors to the magazine about a variety of subjects – such as their motivation; the lessons they’ve learned; and the power of still photography.
To view the video go to: http://proof.nationalgeographic.com/2013/09/15/the-photographers-on-photography/…

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