Gerd Ludwig Biography


The Sir Elton John Collection

George Eastman House
Rochester, New York

Spencer Museum of Art
The University of Kansas: Lawrence, Kansas, USA

F.N.A.C. Funds National d’Art Contemporain
Permanent Collection, French Ministry of Culture: Paris, France

U.S. Sprint Collection
Overland Park, Kansas, USA

Museum Folkwang: Essen, Germany

Museum Kurhaus Kleve
Kleve, Germany


The Long Shadow of Chernobyl
Vienna, Austria: Edition Lammerhuber, 2014

National Geographic, Around the World in 125 Years
Washington DC: National Geographic Society, 2013

National Geographic 50 Greatest Pictures
Washington DC: National Geographic Society, 2011

The View Project
Blurb Book by Joyce Tenneson, December 2010

Broken Empire: After the Fall of the U.S.S.R.
Seoul, Korea: National Geographic Society/YBM Si-sa, 2002. Text by Fen Montainge

Broken Empire: After the Fall of the U.S.S.R.
Washington DC: National Geographic Society, 2001. Text by Fen Montainge

Russland: Eine Weltmacht im Wandel.
Verlag, Germany: RBA, 2001. Text von Fen Montainge.

Soviet Pollution Exhibition Catalog.
Washington Center for Photography, Washington DC, USA.
Galerie in der Musikschule/Kunststiftung Poll (Poll Art Foundation), Berlin, Germany. 1998

Lethal Legacy: Pollution in the Former U.S.S.R Exhibition Catalog.
RAPIC (Russian American Press and Information Center), Goethe Institut Moskau, and FotoCenter Moscow, Moscow, Russia. 1996

AO TEA ROA: Island of Lost Desire. Hundertwasser in New Zealand
Hamburg, Germany: Albrecht Knaus Verlag, 1979.


“Search for King Arthur” National Geographic Magazine Germany: January 2014

“Sleeping Cars” National Geographic Magazine: November 2013

“Tomorrowland” National Geographic Magazine: February 2012

“Crimea: A Jewel in Two Crowns” National Geographic Magazine: April 2011

“Soul of Russia” National Geographic Magazine: April 2009

“Jakob der Reiche” National Geographic Germany: March 2009

“Moscow Never Sleeps” National Geographic Magazine: August 2008

“Send Me to Siberia” National Geographic Magazine: June 2008

“Vitus Bering” National Geographic Scandinavia: October 2007

“Vitus Bering” National Geographic Germany: February 2007.

“Marktl” National Geographic Germany: May 2006.

“The Long Shadow Of Chernobyl” National Geographic: April 2006.

“Napoleon In Germany” National Geographic Germany: November 2005.

“The Salton Sea” National Geographic: February 2005.

“Nibelungen” National Geographic Germany: December 2004.

“Russia Rising” National Geographic: November 2001.

“Russlands Seele” National Geographic Germany: November 2001.

“The Brothers Grimm – Guardians of the Fairy Tale” National Geographic: December 1999.

“A Comeback for the Cossacks” National Geographic: November 1998.

“Russia’s Iron Road (Trans-Siberian Railroad)” National Geographic: June 1998.

“Moscow. The New Revolution” National Geographic: April 1997.

“Reinventing Berlin” National Geographic: December 1996.

“Toronto” National Geographic: June 1996.

“Soviet Pollution,” National Geographic: August 1994
— “Lethal Legacy: Pollution in the Former U.S.S.R.”
— “Chornobyl: Living With the Monster”

“A Broken Empire” National Geographic: March 1993
— “Russia: Playing by New Rules”
— “Kazakhstan: Facing the Nightmare”
— “Ukraine: Running on Empty”

“Main-Danube Canal Links Europe’s Waterways,” National Geographic: August 1992.

“The Morning After: Germany Reunited” National Geographic: September 1991.


“Ripple Effect” by Meg Ryan Heery, American Photo, May/June 2014

“Living With Chernobyl” by William Sawalich, Digital Photo Pro, December 2012

“Die neue Macht der Masse” by Foto Magazine, October 2011, German Language

“Kickstarting Your Project” by David Willis, Digital Photo Pro, June 2011

“Biography: Gerd Ludwig” by Dan Synge, Canon Professional Network (CPN) Magazine, Issue 6, 2011

“Profile: Gerd Ludwig” by Mark Edward Harris, Color Magazine, January 2011

“The Digital Decisive Moment” by William Sawalich, Digital Photo Pro, January/February 2010

“Vom Tellerwäscher zum Starfotografen” by Pierre-Christian Fink (dpa). Giessener-Allgemeine and additional Hessian newspapers , February 2010, Hesse, Germany

“Mit dem ganzen Filmteam zum Hufschmied” by Axel Pries, Oberhessische Zeitung/Lauterbacher Anzeiger, February 4, 2010, Alsfeld, Germany

“Du hast nur 15 Minuten” An interview by S. Troop, sü, January 28, 2010, Germany

“Im Armenviertel war sie einfach eine weisse Frau” by Axel Pries, Oberhessische Zeitung, December 31, 2009, Alsfeld, Germany

“What Would Lenin Do?” by Maura C. Lanahan, Digital Photo Pro, July/August 2009,
Los Angeles, California

“The Constant Visitor” SOMA/The Travel Issue: May/June 2008

“Nejsem svatebni fotograf” by Jan Skrivánek, Cook & Design, Czech Republic, Fall 2007

“Gerd Ludwig/Farmani Gallery Review” by Steve Weinstein, Focus Fine Art Photography Magazine, New York, May 2007

“Gerd Ludwig” by Jaroslav Major, FotoVideo, March 2007, Prague, Czechoslovakia

“I’m a photographer, not a cook” Visuell Magazine, Hamburg, Germany, October/November 2006.

“At The Heart Of The Matter” by Maura C. Lanahan, Digital Photo Pro, November/December 2005, Los Angeles, California

“Wer schrieb was? Alsfelder Autorinnen und Autoren vom 16. Jahrhundert bis Ende 2002″ Brochure compiled by Karl Brodhäcker. Verlag F. Ehrenklau: Alsfeld, Germany 2003.

“Gerd Ludwig” American Photo on Campus, September 2002

“Gerd Ludwig” PHOTO, Paris, France, September 2002.

“In Focus: Photojournalist Gerd Ludwig Frames a Complex Portrait of Modern Russia” American Photo, New York, New York, May/June 2002.

“Gerd Ludwig” Art Scene Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, February 2002.

“Genauso ist es – Russlandbilder von Gerd Ludwig im Willy Brandt-Haus”, Frankfurter Allgenmeine Zeitung/Berliner Seiten, Berlin, Germany, November 1, 2001.

“Im Schutz der Kamera: Fotografen über ihre Lieblingsbilder,” Interview MediumMagazine, April 2001, Hamburg, Germany.

“Radioactive Russia” by Joel Newman, Photo District News, October 2000, New York, NY.

“Gerd Ludwig” Poliester Vol. 8, #27, Summer 2000, Mexico.

“Die Kloake einer grossen Utopie,” by Stefan Schmitt, TAZ, April 1999, Berlin, Germany.

“Landschaften im Untergang: Fotos von Gerd Ludwig” Der Tagesspiegel, August 3, 1999, Berlin, Germany.

“Beklemmende Zeugnisse eines Zerstürungsprozesses” Die Welt, February 24, 1999, Berlin, Germany.

“Gerd Ludwig: Soviet Pollution” ART PAPERS magazine, Vol. 23.2. March/April 1999.

“107 Jahre und eine dreissigstel Sekunde,” Ein Interview mit Gerd Ludwig und Tom Kennedy, Freelance Magazine, 1996, Hamburg, Germany.

“Gerd Ludwig: Hundertwasser Ao Tea Roa” Professional Camera, 1979, Düsseldorf, Germany.

“Fotogalerie: RRR…Zack! Polaroids von Gerd Ludwig” by Peter Sager ZEIT Magazine, 1979, Hamburg, Germany.

“Das Paradies ist nicht weit. Ein Bildband über den Maler Friedensreich Hundertwasser,” Rhein-Zeitung, December 15, 1979, Duesseldorf, Germany.

“Vier Männer sehen die Welt mit Kamera-Augen” WAZ-Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, October, 1978, Essen, Germany.


“Star-Fotograf Gerd Ludwig” – Four-minute feature on German television channel HR3.

“Gerd Ludwig: Journey of Discovery” – Commercial spot created for Pilsner Urquell in association with the 2006 Lucie Award for International Photographer of the Year.

Radio interview with Françoise Lesage/Radio Lodeve – French regional radio – Perpignan France

“WIDE ANGLE: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC GREATEST PLACES” – Interviews during national book tour to promote Wide Angle: CNN Headline News (New York, NY); CNN International (Atlanta/Los Angeles, CA); “The Influentials” ABC News Now (New York,NY); Northwest Cable News, Fox News/KCPQ-TV (Seattle, WA); KPRI-FM “Morning Show”, KNTV-TV (NBC 11), KPIX-TV/CBS 5 (San Francisco, CA); “Fox In The Morning” XETA FOX6, KSCO-AM/(Santa Cruz) “Good Morning Monterey Bay” (San Diego, CA); NBC Satellite TV Tour (Los Angeles, CA); Bulgarian TV (Sofia).

“Broken Empire: Gerd Ludwig’s Photographs of the Soviet Union” 6 minutes. A documentary/interview by Carolyn Weaver for Voice of America. August 2003.

“Touching the Soul – The Photographer Gerd Ludwig” 27 minutes, English. A documentary shot in Los Angeles, Paris and Bourkina Faso by Irene Langemann for International distribution by Deutsche Welle, 2002.

“Die Seele berühren – Der Fotograf Gerd Ludwig” 27 Minuten, deutsch. Ein Dokumentarfilm von Irene Langemann, produziert für die Deutsche Welle. Aufgenommen in Los Angeles, Paris und Burkina Faso, 2002.

“Life and Times” National Public Television, (KCET, Los Angeles)
Interview with Gerd Ludwig about the release of Broken Empire
19 February 2002 and re-aired July 2002

“Voice of Santa Barbara” KEYT RADIO, Santa Barbara Interview with Jerry Cornfield regarding the release of Broken Empire, 17 January 2002.