Presentation at the Lumix Festival in Hanover

The Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalism in Hanover, Germany is the largest festival for emerging photojournalists in Germany. This year, Gerd Ludwig will share his experiences as a photographer for National Geographic Magazine for over 25 years during a lecture presentation on Saturday, June 21st.

For more information please visit the Lumix Festival online.

The Long Shadow of Chernobyl Photo Book Opening and Exhibition in Vienna

Gerd Ludwig’s 20-year retrospective photo book, The Long Shadow of Chernobyl, published by Edition Lammerhuber will be officially launched on May 13th at a press conference and book release event during the opening night for The Long Shadow of Chernobyl exhibition at the Natural History Museum Vienna. On May 14th, a panel discussion will also take place at the Natural History Museum Vienna. A preview of the book at Frick, a renowned and historical book shop in Vienna will occur on May 12th at Frick.

Keep up to date with The Long Shadow of Chernobyl book release dates here and at http://longshadowofchernobyl.com

On April 25th, Beijing’s Temple of Heaven will become the site of one of the most memorable exhibitions of its kind – The Power of the Image. The exhibition will feature more than 200 works by 20 internationally-renowned professional photographers, including Pep Bonet, Michael Crouser, Lauren Greenfield, Peter Guttman, Jocelyn Bain Hogg, Nadav Kander, Frederic LaGrange, Yann Layma, Roman Loranc, Gerd Ludwig, Steve McCurry, Eric Meola, Sylvia Plachy, John Sexton, Matthew Jordan Smith, Eddie Soloway, Art Streiber, Joyce Tenneson, Art Wolfe and Qin Yuhai.

Organized and developed by the Beijing Fuhai Culture Company, Kodak Alaris and supported by the Tencent Website, the “Power of the Image” is hosted by the China Public Relation Association, George Eastman House, and the Beijing Municipal Administration Center of Parks, Beijing Association of Parks. The multi-faceted program includes the exhibition at the Temple of Heaven from April 25th to May 31st and a host of events, seminars and panel discussions on April 26th to 28th, including the April 25th opening and awards ceremony; exhibition of the Life Story of George Eastman; the exhibition “Photography Changed the World”, featuring photographs from the world renowned photography collection at George Eastman House; dialogues with “Power of The Image Award” photographers; and the Workshop of Photographic Preservation and Digital Processing.

Images have been used to record and inspire human development; they will continue to have a far-reaching effect on the past, present and future. The award-winning images in the “Power of the Image” reinforce world peace, the advancement of human civilization, the protection of our environment, and uniquely highlight photography as a way of expression.

Please visit: http://www.poweroftheimage.com for information about the “Power of the Image” agendas, exhibitions, photographers and their photographic works in both Chinese and English.

Gerd Ludwig Receives 2014 Dr. Erich Salomon Award from German Photographic Association

German-born photographer Gerd Ludwig is the recipient of the 2014 Dr. Erich-Salomon Award, the lifetime achievement award of the German Photographic Association. In previous years, publications and respected photographers like Paolo Pellegrin, Silvia Plachy, Sebastião Salgado, Martin Parr, Mary Ellen Mark and Robert Frank have received the honor for outstanding contributions to the field of photojournalism.

The awards ceremony will take place on September 20th at the photokina trade fair in Cologne, Germany, and will be accompanied by an exhibition of Gerd Ludwig’s work in the Leica exhibition hall. Peter-Matthias Gaede, editor in chief of German Geo Magazine, will deliver the laudatory speech.

For more information please see the full press releases here:

English Press Release
German Press Release

ABOUT THE DR. ERICH SALOMON AWARD

The Dr. Erich Salomon Award (Dr.-Erich-Salomon-Preis) is a lifetime achievement award for photojournalists given by the German Society of Photography (Deutschen Gesellschaft für Photographie). It is dedicated to Erich Salomon, a pioneering German photojournalist of the Weimar era who is best known for his candid photographs of statesmen and celebrities. While hiding in the Netherlands, Salomon was betrayed by a Dutch Nazi and sent to the concentration camp in Auschwitz in 1994, where he died.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.dgph.de/preise/salomon

ABOUT THE DGPh

Set up in 1951, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie (DGPh) brings together leading and outstanding personalities in the photographic world for the promotion of photography and its artistic and scientific applications. Its activities predominantly concern the cultural interests of photography and related imaging media. These include both the conventional process of photography and its many different fields of application in art, science, education, journalism, industry and politics, as well as the non-conventional methods and new forms of imaging media. Members are elected in recognition of their services to photography in the widest sense.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.dgph.de

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 the Chernobyl nuclear disaster for National Geographic in 1993, he returned several times. Recently he ventured deeper into the failed reactor than ever before and returned with haunting images, which will be part of his presentation and an upcoming monograph, The Long Shadow of Chernobyl.

Click Here to reserve your free tickets.

American Photo Publishes Chernobyl Article,

In the May/June 2014 issue of American Photo Magazine, Gerd Ludwig discusses the challenges of covering the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster over the last 20 years. The article, by Meg Ryan Heery, is part of American Photo’s “On The Job” segment, and breaks down the unique situation of shooting in the radioactive Exclusion Zone.

Check out the article on the stands now and read the full article online at American Photo Magazine.

The Polish Language Gazeta Wyborcza publishes Crimean Cossack Youth Camp photo as Russia invades Crimea. See the story online at:

http://wyborcza.pl/duzyformat/1,136810,15609001,Wyslij_dziecko_na_Krym_.html

See the story on gerdludwig.com:

http://www.gerdludwig.com/recent-work/crimea-cossack-youth-camp/

See Gerd’s full coverage of Crimea at:

http://www.instituteartist.com/search/gerd%20ludwig%20crimea

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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 decide what to do with it. “As engaged photographers,” says Ludwig, “we often report about human tragedies in the face of disaster, and take our cameras to uncharted areas with the understanding that our explorations are not without personal risk. We do this out of a deep commitment to important stories told on behalf of otherwise voiceless victims.” An essay by Mikhail Gorbachev, the last head of state of the Soviet Union, accompanies Gerd Ludwig’s emotional visual narrative. This book is an important body of documentary work in view of the ongoing nuclear disaster in Fukushima 25 years later.

PRE-ORDER ON KICKSTARTER TODAY

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Hardcover with a slipcase, 11×12 inches
  • 118 photographs on 252 pages
  • Trilingual in English, German, and French
  • Essay by Mikhail Gorbachev
  • Quotes from Voices from Chernobyl by Svetlana Alexievich
  • Divided into 4 chapters: Victims, Pripyat, The Zone, and Reactor #4
  • Redacted CIA documents, a map, and additional resources
  • Published by Edition Lammerhuber in Vienna, Austria
VICTIMS: At the core of Ludwig’s photographs are the people who continue to suffer this tragedy – they exposed their suffering in the hope of preventing future tragedies like Chernobyl.

PRIPYAT: The crumbling city Pripyat is marked by post-apocalyptic scenes of abandonment – trees growing through streets, schools rotting, and apartment buildings littered with the personal belongings left behind by those who hastily fled their homes in fear.

THE ZONE: In the Exclusion Zone, elderly returnees came back to live out their lives on their own soil, despite the radioactive contamination.

RESOURCES: Redacted CIA documents, a map, detailed captions, a personal essay by Gerd Ludwig, and additional resources give readers in-depth information about the disaster in English, German, and French.

CONTRIBUTORS: An essay by Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev provides historical context, and quotes from the book Voices from Chernobyl, by award-winning author Svetlana Alexievich, provide first-hand accounts of the disaster.
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

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/

INTERVIEW IN

While Gerd Ludwig was in Berlin earlier this year, Photo Historian and Curator Dr. Enno Kaufhold, conducted an in depth interview with Gerd, which was published in Germany’s most important publication for photography, PHOTONEWS. Dr. Kaufhold touched on numerous topics, such as Gerd’s earlier works, his move to the United States, as well as his travels and experiences working for National Geographic. The interview fills a large two-page spread that can be viewed in PHOTONEWS’ December 2013/January 2014 issue.

Check out more from PHOTONEWS here:
http://www.photonews.de/aktuelle_ausgabe/index.php

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/

New Work From Chernobyl

November // 2013

New Work From Chernobyl

After several months of traveling, Gerd Ludwig has been back in Los Angeles for a couple of weeks reviewing the photographs from his latest trip to Chernobyl, which was funded in parts by the German Kulturwerk foundation (see earlier post). Gerd will soon head to Vienna to start layout on a comprehensive photo book about Chernobyl, which will be published by Edition Lammerhuber in March 2014.

Learn more about Chernobyl from Gerd’s iPad App:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-long-shadow-of-chernobyl/id484752718?mt=8

Christie's Print Auction

As part of National Geographic’s 125th Anniversary celebration this year, 125 editioned fine art photographic prints are auctioned off at Christie’s. Amongst them is Gerd Ludwig’s image depicting a Russian Orthodox priest meditating on the Gospels at a hermitage in snow-covered hills. In addition, Christie’s auctions off a 3-volume box set of the Taschen book Around the World In 125 Years signed by a select number of National Geographic photographers, including Gerd Ludwig.

For more information, visit Christie’s:
http://onlineonly.christies.com/s/timeless-national-geographic-as-celebrated-by-taschen-books

125 Years Of National Geographic At The Annenberg Space for Photography

The Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles is an innovative venue and the first of its kind in LA solely dedicated to photography. In October, National Geographic Society turned 125. To celebrate the anniversary, the Annenberg exhibits a selection of 501 photographs (digitally and analog) from the more than 10 million images in their archive. A few of Gerd Ludwig’s images were chosen in the selection.

For more information go to Annenberg Space for Photography:
http://www.annenbergspaceforphotography.org/exhibition/power-photography-national-geographic-125-years

or go to National Geographic:
http://press.nationalgeographic.com/2013/08/06/annenberg-space-photography-125-years/

National Geographic Runs Sleeping Cars as Photo Journal

Gerd Ludwig calls himself a “night owl, who doesn’t need much sleep.” For a couple of years now, in a departure from his usual, more challenging documentary work, he spent his nights in Los Angeles photographing what he calls Sleeping Cars. He describes them as “cars that show a presence. They must command their own space and cannot be crowded in with others.” While this is still a work-in-progress, National Geographic Magazine in their November issue run several images from Gerd’s Sleeping Cars series as a photo journal.

See more Sleeping Cars in Recent Work:
http://www.gerdludwig.com/recent-work/sleeping-cars/

or go to Institute For Artist Management:
http://www.instituteartist.com/feature-Sleeping-Cars-Gerd-Ludwig
and:
http://www.instituteartist.com/tearsheet-Gerd-Ludwig-s-Sleeping-Cars-in-National-Geographic

Gerd Ludwig Documenting with Personal Vision Photography Workshop Los Angeles


Documenting with Personal Vision


5-day Photography Workshop with Gerd Ludwig
Los Angeles, November 7-11, 2013
$1,035

This 5-day workshop by National Geographic Photographer Gerd Ludwig is for photographers and serious 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.

HOW IT WORKS:

Each participant should come prepared with a subject idea with the goal of producing a set of images by the end of the workshop. After individual portfolio reviews, Gerd will provide guidance to help streamline each idea, provide research tips, and create a coverage plan.

Throughout the workshop critiques will take place, both in groups and individually. In meetings with the students Gerd will be available for advice on career aspirations. The course will culminate with each photographer presenting his or her photographs to the class for feedback.

The workshop will be held in Gerd Ludwig’s spacious and unique home in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles (The workshop fee includes a light lunch salad). Also, expect one of Gerd’s fellow photographers to stop by for a brief guest presentation.

A few weeks before the workshop starts, a blog will be set up to allow students to communicate with each other, and with Gerd, to prepare for the workshop, get acquainted, and help each other with logistics and story research.

Students must provide their own photographic equipment, laptops, and transportation.
Be prepared for long hours of shooting, editing, critiquing and interacting with one another and with the instructor (don’t worry, you will have fun too).

WHAT IS COVERED:

Gerd will stress finding and researching subjects, photographing people in an intimate fashion, making photographs that communicate emotionally as well as editorially, and using aesthetics in a sophisticated manner. Workshop participants will be encouraged to take professional risks to produce top quality work worthy of publications, books or galleries. Gerd will outline the structural elements and differences between a reportage, series, and essay and openly share the personal approaches he uses to create his own stories
for National Geographic Magazine.

Technical discussions will focus on how to use photographic tools in real-world scenarios to capture atmosphere and mood, while maintaining a sense of place; approach subjects and establish trust in order to photograph people in an intimate fashion; use form, lighting, and color in a sophisticated manner to communicate emotionally as well as editorially; balance a personal point of view while respecting a subject’s situation; and use focused editing to reveal a story’s essential truth. Gerd will share his own photographic techniques, such as his choice of cameras, lenses, lighting, strobes, and filters. He will explain how capturing quality images at extremely high ISOs has enabled him to tackle stories for National Geographic Magazine that previously were impossible to explore (Moscow Never Sleeps, Chernobyl, Russian Orthodox Church, etc).

Gerd will address the changing market for photographers, and how to expand short assignments into long-term personal projects using the latest fund-raising, distribution, and marketing methods. As a pioneer in crowdfunding, Gerd successfully financed his latest trip to the Chernobyl zone via Kickstarter, resulting in exhibitions, publications, and most recently, an interactive multimedia photo book in the form of the iPad app “The Long Shadow of Chernobyl”.

REGISTRATION:

To sign up, please send an email to: [email protected] along with your first payment of $135, through PayPal. Please contact us if you have any questions about using PayPal. A second payment of $400 is due by October 18th and the final balance of $500 is due by November 1st. Workshop is limited to 9 students. All payments are non-refundable.

*A $75 discount applies to ASMP and NPPA members.

GERD LUDWIG:

Born in Alsfeld, Germany, Gerd Ludwig studied Photography with Professor Otto Steinert at the Folkwang University of the Arts (Folkwangschule) in Essen, Germany, and graduated 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, Fortune, Time, and Life. In 1984 he re-located to New York, and after continuing to photograph for major international publications, signed on as a contract photographer for National Geographic Magazine in the early 1990′s. His focus on environmental issues, and on the socio-economic changes following the dissolution of the Soviet Bloc resulted in his book and exhibit, Broken Empire: After the Fall of the USSR, a ten-year retrospective published by National Geographic, and The Long Shadow of Chernobyl iPad App published in 2011. 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 continues his work for National Geographic Magazine, photographs personal projects, lectures at universities, teaches photographic workshops and exhibits his photographs in galleries and museums around the world. He is the recipient of many photographic awards, including the 2006 Lucie Award for International Photographer of the Year.

FROM PAST STUDENTS:

“It was an incredible opportunity for me to learn from National Geographic photographer Gerd Ludwig. With his personal instruction he taught me to see the emotional side of a photo, taking my passion for photography to a new level. His vision opened my eyes to a different perspective of the world.”
– Steffi Graf, tennis champion

“Of all the workshops I’ve taken, the one that made the biggest impact on me was a two day workshop with Gerd at the Salton Sea. I’ll never forget being dropped off by myself in Niland with only 45 minutes to take an environmental portrait of a total stranger in their home. I had never done anything like that before; but, Gerd had taken the time to share his own stories and offer advice about approaching sensitive situations as a photographer. I ended up meeting and photographing a wonderful family. He pushed each student beyond their comfort zones as photographers. It was an invaluable lesson.”
– Robert Larson, photographer

“During Gerd’s workshop at the Salton Sea, he pushed us to try new techniques, such as using remote flashes and gels, in order to help us get a feel for what the equipment was capable of, and how to use it to get interesting shots that would have been impossible any other way. He helped us see things we had missed, or better ways to approach the scene – encouraging us to get closer and see in different ways. At one point, I found myself standing ankle-deep in dead fish and algae, fighting to keep up with him as we tried to find the best shot – flash in one hand, camera in the other, and toes crossed that I’d be able to avoid tumbling headlong into a pile of rotting muck – while he helped me figure out how to set up shots in ways I had never considered, and how to wield the equipment in ways that proffered uncharted results. I have never learned as much, or had quite so much fun, as I did those days out in the desert with Gerd and his team.”
– Kristen Spillane, photographer

Gerd Ludwig Returns To Chernobyl With Grant

The ‘Stiftung Kulturwerk’ announces the names of the recipients for this year’s grants. The foundation is one of the largest sources for funding in the fields of photography, illustration and design in Germany. It carries out the cultural mandate entrusted with the Verwertungsgesellschaft Bild-Kunst and awards project grants to photographers, illustrators, graphic artists, graphic designers and film makers.

Amongst the projects that receive funding, is Gerd’s proposal “Chernobyl – A Different Search for Traces”.
The grant enables Gerd to return to Chernobyl for two weeks this fall to add another segment to his long term project.

For more information on the Stiftung Kulturwerk, visit:
http://www.bildkunst.de/en/vg-bild-kunst/stiftung-kulturwerk-cultural-foundation.html

To see more about Gerd’s work in Chernobyl, visit:
http://www.gerdludwig.com/ipad/

German Green Party Convention Shows Chernobyl

The exhibit “Der lange Schattten von Tschernobyl/The Long Shadow of Chernobyl” is being shown at the convention of Germany’s Green Party in Berlin from April 26-28. In addition, the delegates watch a projection displaying 20 of the photographs during a minute of silence, commemorating the Chernobyl accident on the date of its 27th anniversary. An additional fifty five photographs are projected during breaks.

Gerd Ludwig Documenting with Personal Vision Photography Workshop Los Angeles


Documenting with Personal Vision


5-day Photography Workshop with Gerd Ludwig
Los Angeles, April 18-22
$965

This 5-day workshop/masterclass by National Geographic Photographer Gerd Ludwig is for photographers and serious 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.

The workshop takes place during The Month of Photography Los Angeles, a program of The Lucie Foundation.


How it Works:


Each participant should come prepared with a subject idea with the goal of producing a set of images by the end of the workshop. After individual portfolio reviews, Gerd will provide guidance to help streamline each idea, provide research tips, and create a coverage plan.

Throughout the workshop critiques will take place, both in groups and individually. In meetings with the students Gerd will be available for advice on career aspirations. The course will culminate with each photographer presenting his or her photographs to the class for feedback.

Dining RoomThe workshop will be held in Gerd Ludwig’s spacious and unique home in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles (The workshop fee includes a light lunch salad). Also, expect one of Gerd’s fellow photographers to stop by for a brief guest presentation

A few weeks before the workshop starts, a blog will be set up to allow students to communicate with each other, and with Gerd, to prepare for the workshop, get acquainted, and help each other with logistics and story research.

Students must provide their own photographic equipment, laptops, and transportation. Be prepared for long hours of shooting, editing, critiquing and interacting with one another and with the instructor. (don’t worry, we will have fun too).

What is Covered:


Gerd will stress finding and researching subjects, photographing people in an intimate fashion, making photographs that communicate emotionally as well as editorially, and using aesthetics in a sophisticated manner. Workshop participants will be encouraged to take professional risks to produce top quality work worthy of publications, books or galleries. Gerd will outline the structural elements and differences between a reportage, series, and essay and openly share the personal approaches he uses to create his own stories for National Geographic Magazine.

Technical discussions will focus on how to use photographic tools in real-world scenarios to capture atmosphere and mood, while maintaining a sense of place; approach subjects and establish trust in order to photograph people in an intimate fashion; use form, lighting, and color in a sophisticated manner to communicate emotionally as well as editorially; balance a personal point of view while respecting a subject’s situation; and use focused editing to reveal a story’s essential truth. Gerd will share his own photographic techniques, such as his choice of cameras, lenses, lighting, strobes, and filters. He will explain how capturing quality images at extremely high ISO’s has enabled him to tackle stories for National Geographic Magazine that previously were impossible to explore (Moscow Never Sleeps, Chernobyl, Russian Orthodox Church, etc).

Gerd will address the changing market for photographers, and how to expand short assignments into long-term personal projects using the latest fund-raising, distribution, and marketing methods. As a pioneer in crowd-funding, Gerd successfully financed his latest trip to the Chernobyl zone via Kickstarter, resulting in exhibitions, publications, and most recently, an interactive multimedia photo book in the form of the iPad app “The Long Shadow of Chernobyl”.

REGISTRATION:


To sign up, please send an email to: [email protected] along with your first payment of $100, through PayPal. Please contact us if you have any questions about using PayPal.

A second payment of $400 is due by March 21th and the final balance of $465 is due by April 15th.

Workshop is limited to 12 students. All payments are non-refundable.


From Past Students:

“It was an incredible opportunity for me to learn from National Geographic photographer Gerd Ludwig. With his personal instruction he taught me to see the emotional side of a photo, taking my passion for photography to a new level. His vision opened my eyes to a different perspective of the world.” – Steffi Graf, tennis champion

“Of all the workshops I’ve taken, the one that made the biggest impact on me was a two day workshop with Gerd at the Salton Sea. I’ll never forget being dropped off by myself in Niland with only 45 minutes to take an environmental portrait of a total stranger in their home. I had never done anything like that before; but, Gerd had taken the time to share his own stories and offer advice about approaching sensitive situations as a photographer. I ended up meeting and photographing a wonderful family. He pushed each student beyond their comfort zones as photographers. It was an invaluable lesson.” – Robert Larson, photographer

“During Gerd’s workshop at the Salton Sea, he pushed us to try new techniques, such as using remote flashes and gels, in order to help us get a feel for what the equipment was capable of, and how to use it to get interesting shots that would have been impossible any other way. He helped us see things we had missed, or better ways to approach the scene – encouraging us to get closer and see in different ways. At one point, I found myself standing ankle-deep in dead fish and algae, fighting to keep up with him as we tried to find the best shot – flash in one hand, camera in the other, and toes crossed that I’d be able to avoid tumbling headlong into a pile of rotting muck – while he helped me figure out how to set up shots in ways I had never considered, and how to wield the equipment in ways that proffered uncharted results. I have never learned as much, or had quite so much fun, as I did those days out in the desert with Gerd and his team.” – Kristen Spillane, photographer