Author Archives: Gerd Ludwig

Chernobyl Lecture at the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles

Gerd Ludwig will be speaking about his two decades of work documenting the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear accident at the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles on April 21, just before the 29th anniversary of the disaster on April 26. The Goethe-Institut is the worldwide cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany. They promote knowledge of the German language abroad and foster international cultural cooperation. Gerd’s lecture will be held in English and starts at 7 pm, with a reception following. Gerd will also be signing copies of The Long Shadow of Chernobyl, his 20-year retrospective photo book. Admission to…

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The Art of Storytelling – The Salton Sea

  The Art of Storytelling – The Salton Sea A 5 ½ day Documentary Photography Workshop with Gerd Ludwig Los Angeles & Salton Sea, May 28 – June 2, 2015 $1185 This 5 ½ day workshop by National Geographic Photographer Gerd Ludwig is for photographers and committed amateurs who want to take their photography to the next level. It concentrates on the aesthetic, technical, and logistical aspects of photographing with personal vision and balanced objectivity. It is designed to help photographers develop a personal eye and to leave feeling inspired. Participants will meet at Gerd’s unique home in the Hollywood…

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National Geographic Magazine published a timely story in its March 2015 issue examining two world capitals cast into opposing roles by the euro crisis: Athens and Berlin. It is a thoughtful evaluation of the two cities, which “were forced into a relationship neither wanted – northern lender, southern borrower. Now they’re emblems of a divided Europe longing for unity” as author Adam Nicolson puts it. The story is accompanied by Gerd Ludwig’s photographs of Berlin which show the German capital as a youthful, vibrant and multicultural city influenced by its rough past, embracing a bright present and hoping for a…

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The Long Shadow of Chernobyl Named the POYi Photo Book of the Year

Gerd Ludwig’s trilingual photo book, The Long Shadow of Chernobyl, published by Edition Lammerhuber, was just named Photo Book of the Year by Pictures of the Year International (POYi). Pictures of the Year International (POYi) is the oldest and most prestigious photojournalism program in the world. POYi’s mission is to honor and promote the work of documentary photographers, magazine, newspaper, and freelance photojournalists. POYi’s worldwide competition sets the gold standard for excellence in documentary photography, photojournalism, visual editing, and online multimedia. Each year, more than 48,000 entered works are submitted to the contest by photojournalists from over 70 nations, who…

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The Photo Society’s Instagram Reaches 1 Million Followers

After shooting for National Geographic for over 25 years, it was a given that Gerd Ludwig became one of the first members of The Photo Society (TPS), a collective of contributing National Geographic photographers. TPS has enjoyed tremendous success on their Instagram account, recently reaching the milestone of 1 million followers. To celebrate, this month’s Instagram contest is bigger than ever. It will be judged by John Stanmeyer, and the winner will receive a gift card to Adorama and their image posted on the TPS feed. For more information, follow @thephotosociety on Instagram for the rules and entry instructions.

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Lecture at the Calgary Exposure Festival

Gerd Ludwig will present his lecture “Winds of Change” during the Exposure Festival in Calgary on February 26. Gerd will share images from his life in photography, concentrating on his experiences capturing the colossal changes following the dissolution of the Soviet Union to this very day. Resonating with a full scale of emotion, his images have garnered his 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, Gerd Ludwig reveals a many-faceted people, by turns suspicious and sympathetic, greedy and generous, stoic and exuberant.…

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