Born in Alsfeld, Germany, Gerd Ludwig studied with Professor Steinert at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, Germany, graduating in 1972. The following year he co-founded VISUM, Germany’s first photographer-owned agency, and began working for publications such as Geo, Stern, Spiegel, Time, and Life. Soon after moving to New York in the mid 1980s, he started photographing for National Geographic Magazine. His humanistic focus on environmental issues and the socioeconomic changes following the dissolution of the Soviet Union resulted in the exhibition and book, Broken Empire: After the Fall of the USSR, a ten-year retrospective published in 2001. His ongoing coverage of post-Soviet Russia has garnered his distinction as being the world’s foremost color photographer documenting the region.
Now based in Los Angeles, Gerd Ludwig is represented by Institute for Artist Management. While he continues to work for National Geographic Magazine, he also exhibits in galleries and museums, lectures at universities, and conducts workshops internationally. He is a Canon Explorer of Light and the recipient of the Lucie Award for International Photographer of the Year in 2006.
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