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Capturing quality images at high ISO’s has not only opened up new avenues for shooting in natural-light, it also has turned handheld strobes into powerful lighting tools. For more than twenty years, Gerd Ludwig has been a master of using small TTL-flashes in unusual and unpredictable ways – to emphasize his message, offer a sense of place, maintain atmosphere, and create a personal vision, while simultaneously avoiding the obvious “strobe” look. He will show a wide range of potential uses, from utilizing strobes at high-speed sync in broad daylight to enhancing extreme long exposures at night by firing the flash(es) multiple times. Throughout the lecture he will share his secrets and show examples both from his personal projects and his many years of photographing on assignment for National Geographic. Finally, Ludwig will share his secrets to surviving in today’s marketplace, using crowd-funding, social networking and new media to get personal projects financed and seen by a wider audience.

Sponsored by Canon USA, the 2-hour seminar takes place at the Jacob Javits Convention Center on Thursday, October 20th, from 2-4pm.

For more information and to register: http://www.photoplusexpo.com/conference/conference-schedule.shtml

PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo is the most important event in the photo industry. Designed for professionals and advanced amateurs in the photographic and imaging industries, PDN PhotoPlus Expo showcases the latest advances in photography. Attendees are able to explore exhibits and attend a wide variety of photography and imaging seminars.

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Gerd Ludwig is teaming up with former National Geographic Director of Photography Kent Kobersteen to teach a masterclass at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts from September 30 – October 5, 2016. They will also present a joint lecture the night before, on September 29.

Participants in the masterclass will be challenged to produce their very best work on subjects about which they feel strongly. Students will select a subject and shoot an essay during the week. The daily work will be critiqued by Ludwig and Kobersteen, and suggestions will be offered. In addition, Ludwig and Kobersteen will give presentations of their and other photographers’ work to make instructive points and to inspire.

Kent Kobersteen was Director of Photography and Senior Editor at National Geographic magazine from February 1998 until January 2005. He joined the National Geographic in 1983 as a picture editor. Kent currently conducts photographic workshops and lectures internationally on the philosophy, ethics, and business of photojournalism.

In the evening presentation on September 29, Gerd Ludwig will speak about several of his projects for the National Geographic Magazine and show his work. Kent Kobersteen will speak about the Geographic’s philosophy of photographic communication and present a show in which three National Geographic photographers show their work and talk about their working methods.

Lecture
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Cost: $10 members / $15 nonmembers
Information & tickets available here: http://sunvalleycenter.org/event-calendar/inside-national-geographic-kent-kobersteen-gerd-ludwig/

Masterclass
Friday, September 30 – Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Cost: $800 members / $850 nonmembers
Information & reservations here: http://sunvalleycenter.org/event-calendar/taking-next-step-advanced-photography-kent-kobersteen-gerd-ludwig/2016-09-30/

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Interviews and articles about Gerd Ludwig’s “Sleeping Cars”:

LA Times
National Geographic PROOF
Slate Magazine
Maclean’s Magazine
PDN
LensCulture
Wired
L’Oeil de la Photographie
La Mono Magazine (Spanish)
Pirelli

Video & Radio Interviews with Gerd Ludwig about “Sleeping Cars”:

Fahey/Klein Gallery
KPCC/NPR Take Two
Epson, “Print Your Legacy”

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With the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster approaching this April, The Long Shadow of Chernobyl will be exhibited at Galerie ZAHRADNIK in Prague from May 12 through July 10, 2016. 

Gerd’s captivating images of his nine visits to Chernobyl in 20 years tell tragic stories of the lives of the victims, the Exclusion Zone and the abandoned city of Pripyat – and he ventured deeper into the belly of the beast than any Western still photographer, repeatedly documenting the destroyed reactor #4, which will soon disappear under a New Safe Confinement.

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Gerd Ludwig will speak in conversation with Stern author Hans-Hermann Klare at the Körber Foundation in Hamburg, Germany, on April 7, 2016, just a couple of weeks before the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The event will focus on Gerd’s work in Russia and Chernobyl. A livestream of the lecture will be available for those unable to attend.

Gerd 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 Körber Foundation takes on current social challenges with its operational projects, in its networks and with cooperation partners, based on the principle that social development calls for critical reflection. Founded in 1959 by the entrepreneur and instigator Kurt A. Körber, the foundation is now active both nationally and internationally with its own projects and events from its locations in Hamburg and Berlin.

Information here: http://www.koerber-stiftung.de/koerberforum/programm/details/termin/fremder-nachbar.html

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Gerd Ludwig will be serving on the Jury for the Alfred Fried Photography Award for the third year in a row. The Fried Award is given annually by The Photographische Gesellschaft (PHG) in Austria and Edition Lammerhuber in partnership with UNESCO, the Austrian Parliament, the Austrian Parliamentary Reporting Association and the International Press Institute (IPI). The award recognizes the world’s best photograph on the theme of peace.

Submission for the award is free of charge and the submission deadline is June 1, 2016. The Alfred Fried Award Ceremony takes place this year on September 20. The winning photographer will receive an award of 10,000 euros, and the winning photograph will be displayed at the Austrian Parliament building for a year. At the end of the year, it will then be added to the permanent collection of the Parliament. Additionally, five photographers will be selected to receive the Alfred Fried Peace Medal.

For more information on the award and submission process, visit http://www.friedaward.com.

Above: Photographer Arthur van Beveren was one of the 2015 Alfred Fried Medal winners for his work “Regelbau.”

You can follow Arthur on Instagram at: @arthurvanb

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Gerd Ludwig presents Sleeping Cars at the Fahey/Klein Gallery, an exhibition of work documenting Sleeping Cars in Los Angeles. The exhibition features large scale photographs of resting cars at night. Undeniably the city of cars; these vehicles are the blood in the veins of Los Angeles. Ludwig documents where these iconic Los Angeles inhabitants reside at night— tucked into driveways, proudly displayed in front of homes, glowing under street lamps, covered with tarps or simply left bare. The viewer is invited to become a voyeur, documenting alongside Gerd Ludwig where these cars go to rest at night.

Sleeping Cars will be on display at the Fahey/Klein Gallery from February 4 through March 19, 2016, with a reception for the artist on February 4 from 7-9pm. Gerd Ludwig will give a talk and Q&A session at the gallery on Saturday, March 12, at 11am.

For more information on the exhibition: http://www.faheykleingallery.com/photographers/ludwig/exhibition/sleeping_cars/ludwig_ex_sleeping_cars_01.htm

To watch an interview with Gerd Ludwig conducted by the Fahey/Klein Gallery:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ye2RTmdG6g8

To see more from “Sleeping Cars”: http://www.gerdludwig.com/recent-work/sleeping-cars/

Museum Berlin

Gerd Ludwig’s latest assignment for National Geographic Germany, “Museums-Magie – Warten auf den T. rex” (Magical Museum – Waiting for the T. Rex), with text by Claus Lutterbeck, was just released in the December issue.

Beetles, birds, and even a Brachiosaurus: The Natural History Museum in Berlin has an impressive collection that attracts over half a million visitors per year. Gerd explores the museum as it prepares for a new (albeit temporary) addition: a T. Rex. His photographs offer a look behind the scenes, a glimpse into the the treasures hidden in the museum’s storage vaults, and he follows visitors as they explore the Earth through its exhibitions.

View the article and photo gallery online [German language only]: http://www.nationalgeographic.de/reportagen/topthemen/2015/museums-magie-warten-auf-den-t-rex

Ai-Ap Profiles Gerd Ludwig

December // 2015

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Ai-Ap, an organization dedicated to the promotion and development of visual arts, focusing on photography and illustration, recently began publishing a series of artist profiles. David Schonauer interviewed Gerd Ludwig and wrote an in-depth profile on Gerd’s personal history and the motivation behind his documentary work.

While exploring Gerd’s work both in the former Soviet Union, and his long term project in Chernobyl specifically, Schonauer writes: “…his approach to documentary photography, learned over many years of photographing people in distress, is also founded on an instinct that is fundamentally human in nature.”

Read the full article here: http://bit.ly/1MVKltD

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The Art of Storytelling – The Salton Sea

An Official Workshop of the Month of Photography LA

A 5 ½ day Documentary Photography Workshop with Gerd Ludwig
Los Angeles & Salton Sea, March 29 – April 3, 2016
$1185

This 5 ½ day workshop by National Geographic Photographer Gerd Ludwig in conjunction with MOPLA is for professionals 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 Hills for 1 ½ days of portfolio reviews, instruction and theory, before shooting for 3 days at California’s Salton Sea. A day in LA filled with editing and sequencing, followed by a joint presentation of the final results, concludes the workshop.

GERD EXPLAINS, HOW IT WORKS:

In the afternoon of day 1, we will all gather at my home for portfolio reviews. Day 2 is reserved for exploring the techniques of storytelling. I will outline the structural elements and differences between a reportage, series, and essay and share the personal approaches I use to create my own stories for National Geographic Magazine, accompanied by various sample presentations.

In the early evening, we will relocate to the Salton Sea, jointly checking into a small inn.

On days 3, 4, and 5 we will be leaving early in the mornings for full days of shooting. As I have spent many months along the Salton Sea for NatGeo and personal projects, I will lead you to the most interesting locations that offer ample opportunities for amazing photographs. During these days, I will be in the field with you, giving hands-on advice on technical, compositional, and structural levels. The evenings are for downloading, captioning, and pre-editing, and additional instructions.

After returning to LA in the evening of day 5, we will convene the next morning (day 6) at my home for a last round of editing, toning, and sequencing the work. The course will culminate with each photographer presenting his/her photographs to the class for feedback.

Be prepared for long hours of shooting, editing, critiquing and interacting with one another and with me (don’t worry, you will have fun too).

WHAT IS ELSE IS COVERED:

Gerd will emphasize the process of 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.

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, Sleeping Cars 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 a recent trip to the Chernobyl zone via Kickstarter and ran a second successful Kickstarter campaign to publish his award-winning 20-year retrospective book “The Long Shadow of Chernobyl,” which accompanies his interactive multimedia iPad app.

Throughout the workshop, critiques will take place, both in groups and individually. In meetings with the students, Gerd will be available for advice on personal photographic aspirations.

Students must bring their own photographic equipment, laptops, and storage drives.

REGISTRATION:

ONLY ONE SPOT LEFT IN THE WORKSHOP
Don’t miss out – sign up now!

The basic workshop fee is $1185 per student. To sign up, please send your deposit of $185 through Paypal to [email protected] Please contact us if you have any questions. A second payment of $500 is due by March 1st and the final balance of $500 is due by March 15th. The workshop is limited to 9 students.

Students from out of town will need to find their own accommodation for their days in Los Angeles. To make it more affordable for some, there will be two rooms available in Gerd’s home for the first two students to request it, for an additional $50 per night. Please contact us directly to reserve a room.

The rooms at the Salton Sea start around $70 per night, but participants have the option of sharing rooms to cut the cost. Please contact us if that is an option you are interested in. Transportation to, at, and from the Salton Sea from LA is included in the workshop fee. However, students are free to use their own car to get to the Salton Sea for increased independence and flexibility.

All payments are non-refundable. If a participant cancels, the first 2 payments will become a credit towards future workshops.

During the month of the workshop, each participant will also receive a discount on one item from Adorama, one item from Sigma, one item from Tenba, and a discounted download of the FotoStation software. Discounts cannot be combined.


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All payments are non-refundable. If a participant cancels, the first two payments will become a credit towards future workshops.

ABOUT THE SALTON SEA:

The Salton Sea is California’s largest, most troubled lake and an all-American ecosystem gone haywire. 35 miles long and 15 miles wide, it lies 227 feet below sea level with no outlet and very thirsty neighbors. It offers a wide range of opportunities for amazing photographs.

Check out the following websites:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salton_Sea
http://www.gerdludwig.com/stories/salton-sea-daily-life
http://www.gerdludwig.com/stories/salton-sea-environment/

ABOUT GERD LUDWIG:

Born in Alsfeld, Germany, Gerd Ludwig studied Photography at the Folkwang University of the Arts (Folkwangschule) in Essen, Germany, and graduated in 1974. That 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 signed on as a contract photographer for National Geographic Magazine in the early 1990s. His focus on environmental issues and 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. His ongoing coverage of post Soviet Russia has garnered his distinction as being the world’s foremost color photographer documenting the region. His ongoing work after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster resulted in the publication of an acclaimed iPad App and the trilingual Long Shadow of Chernobyl photo book, which was recently named the POYi Photo Book of the Year.

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 the 2006 Lucie Award for International Photographer of the Year and the 2014 Dr. Erich-Salomon Award, the highest lifetime achievement award in editorial photography in Germany. In 2015, he was the first German individual to receive the prestigious Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism from the Missouri School of Journalism.

FROM PAST STUDENTS:

“I learned more about photography in 5 days with Gerd Ludwig than I have over the past 10 years of trying to teach myself.”
– Taylor Turner, photographer & videographer

“Gerd demanded much but in return gave us his all, as did his assistant, Molly. He was a tough task master (with a terrific sense of humor, thankfully!) who was very generous with his knowledge. He is equally genuine with his compliments and his criticism. He pushed each of us a notch or two beyond where we, as photographers, had been before we met him.”
– Tamar Granovsky, photographer

“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 Graff, 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 Zephyrus, photographer

“Organizing ten years’ worth of materials for a long-term project, Gerd helped me make better choices in the edit and achieve more clarity in the book design. I appreciate his rigor and candor, while helping ensure that my photos found their best presentation. It’s rare to find a teacher who balances trenchant criticism with unwavering support for your work and your vision. Gerd is a great critic and advocate.”
– Preston Merchant, Adjunct Professor, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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Gerd Ludwig received the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism, which has been awarded annually since 1930 by the prestigious Missouri School of Journalism. The Honor Medal is given to individuals and organizations for outstanding lifetime service to journalism, and the faculty of the School of Journalism selects the medalists. Gerd accepted the award at a ceremony on October 26, 2015.

Past recipients include Sir Winston Churchill, Tom Brokaw, Christiane Amanpour, Walter Cronkite, James Nachtwey, and Gloria Steinem. Gerd Ludwig is the first German individual honored by the jury. He received the Medal of Honor “in recognition of his innovative use of photojournalism to document the world’s socio-economic and environmental challenges.”

Other recipients of the Honor Medal this year included CBS correspondent Bill Plante, the editor of the New York Review of Books, Rea Hederman, the Cuban journalist and blogger Yoani Sanchez and CNN Digital. The school is located in the city of Columbus and was founded in 1908 at the insistence of the publisher Joseph Pulitzer. The Missouri School of Journalism is considered one of the most important training grounds for US journalists.

For more information: http://journalism.missouri.edu/2015/06/9-to-receive-the-missouri-honor-medal-for-distinguished-service-in-journalism/

Photo Credit: Lizz Cardwell

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Belarusian author Svetlana Alexievich was announced as the 2015 Nobel Laureate in Literature today. Alexievich is known for her writings on Chernobyl specifically, and excerpts from her book Voices from Chernobyl were published in Gerd Ludwig’s The Long Shadow of Chernobyl. Her writings stem from hundreds of interviews, and the collection of oral history and recorded conversations are integral to her work.

For more information: http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/08/arts/nobel-literature/

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Capturing quality images at high ISO’s has not only opened up new avenues for shooting in natural-light, it also has turned handheld strobes into powerful lighting tools. For more than twenty years, Gerd Ludwig has been a master of using small TTL-flashes in unusual and unpredictable ways – to emphasize his message, offer a sense of place, maintain atmosphere, and create a personal vision, while simultaneously avoiding the obvious “strobe” look. He will show a wide range of potential uses, from utilizing strobes at high-speed sync in broad daylight to enhancing extreme long exposures at night by firing the flash(es) multiple times. Throughout the lecture he will share his secrets and show examples both from his personal projects and his many years of photographing on assignment for National Geographic. Finally, Ludwig will share his secrets to surviving in today’s marketplace, using crowd-funding, social networking and new media to get personal projects financed and seen by a wider audience.

Sponsored by Canon USA, the 2-hour seminar takes place at the Jacob Javits Convention Center on Friday, October 23rd from 2-4pm.

For more information about the PhotoPlus Expo: http://www.photoplusexpo.com/conference/conference-schedule.shtml

PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo is the most important event in the photo industry. Designed for professionals and advanced amateurs in the photographic and imaging industries, PDN PhotoPlus Expo showcases the latest advances in photography. Attendees are able to explore exhibits and attend a wide variety of photography and imaging seminars.

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“Nuclear Tourism,” a selection of Gerd Ludwig’s photographs of tourism in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, will be exhibited at Visa Pour l’Image in Perpignan, August 29 – September 18, 2015.

In 2011, as people around the world watched TV reports on the nuclear meltdown in Fukushima, the Ukrainian government gave approval for travel inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, which has now become a disaster-tourism destination.

Tourists take pictures of the sarcophagus encasing the reactor, but the top attraction is the ghost town of Pripyat, once home to nearly 50,000, now decaying and overgrown by nature, a less than truthful witness to its sudden abandonment. Visitors and tour guides have set up tableaux to evoke scenes, with, for example, a doll arranged next to a gas mask.

For more information: http://www.visapourlimage.com/exhibition/6610.do

To see more images from the story: http://www.gerdludwig.com/recent-work/chernobyl-nuclear-tourist

“The Long Shadow of Chernobyl” iPad app: https://itunes.apple.com/app/the-long-shadow-of-chernobyl/id484752718

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“The Long Shadow of Chernobyl” iPad app was just re-released for iOS 8, with a new design and updated material. For those who already had the earlier version, a free update is available via the App Store.

Spanning Gerd Ludwig’s two decades of documentation of the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe, the groundbreaking work explores the human and environmental impact since the disaster, including photos from Ludwig’s most recent trips to Chernobyl, taken in early 2011 as the crisis at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant was unfolding and in 2013, as the tourist industry expanded in the Exclusion Zone.

Purchase from the App Store here: https://itunes.apple.com/app/the-long-shadow-of-chernobyl/id484752718

“The Long Shadow of Chernobyl” is a joint production of Gerd Ludwig Photography and Lightbox Press, now built on the ScrollMotion software platform.

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Coinciding with his story on LA Food Trucks in the July issue of National Geographic Magazine, Gerd Ludwig is leading a weekend of events at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles, June 27-28. He is teaching a beginner’s photography workshop and an advanced photography workshop (admission includes a lunch voucher).

Using images from his National Geographic assignments worldwide, and focusing on the food trucks as a practical example, Gerd will instruct workshop participants how to make engaging and memorable photographs of everyday life that can be applied anywhere around the world. His approaches when photographing for National Geographic can be utilized in a variety of circumstances. Gerd will openly share his own photographic techniques, specifically the methods he used photographing food truck food, people enjoying the trucks, and the trucks themselves. In general, he will reveal his tricks and tips to create candid, unexpected and unique images in uncontrolled environments.

For more information on all events and to register: http://thephotospace.org/gerd

To read the National Geographic story: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2015/07/food-trucks/brindley-text

Food Trucks

Gerd Ludwig’s latest assignment for National Geographic Magazine, “On a Roll,” published in the July 2015 issue with text by David Brindley, is a departure from his usual, more serious documentary photography. Gerd followed food trucks in Los Angeles to capture the emerging gourmet food truck culture, the wide range of foods, the creatively decorated trucks, and their enthusiastic customers.

View the article and photo gallery online: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2015/07/food-trucks/brindley-text

Read the NatGeo PROOF blog post, with more images: http://proof.nationalgeographic.com/2015/06/24/food-trucks/

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Gerd Ludwig has been named as one of the 9 recipients of the 2015 Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism. The Missouri School of Journalism has awarded this honor medal annually since 1930 to outstanding journalists, advertising and public relations practitioners, business people, institutions and media organizations from around the world. Medalists are selected by the faculty of the School on the basis of lifetime or superior achievement in journalism. Previous recipients include Christiane Amanpour, Tom Brokaw, Sir Winston Churchill, David Granger, Deborah Howell, Gordon Parks, and Gloria Steinem. The award ceremony will take place on October 26 on the University of Missouri campus.

For more information: http://journalism.missouri.edu/2015/06/9-to-receive-the-missouri-honor-medal-for-distinguished-service-in-journalism/

Alfred Fried Award Winner 2014

The Alfred Fried Award prize amount was just increased to 10,000 euros, and the contest’s deadline was extended to May 24, 2015. Kailash Satyarthi, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, will give the Keynote Speech at the award ceremony.

Gerd Ludwig will be serving on the Jury for the Alfred Fried Photography Award for the second year in a row. The Fried Award is given annually by The Photographische Gesellschaft (PHG) in Austria and Edition Lammerhuber in partnership with UNESCO, the Austrian Parliament, the Austrian Parliamentary Reporting Association and the International Press Institute (IPI). The award recognizes the world’s best photograph on the theme of peace.

Submission for the award is free of charge. In addition to the award of 10,000 euros, the winning photograph will be displayed at the Austrian Parliament building for a year and will then be added to the permanent collection of the Parliament. The Alfred Fried Award Ceremony takes place this year on September 17, just before the UN International Peace Day.

For more information on the award and submission process, visit http://www.friedaward.com.

Above: Photographer Emil Gataullin was the 2014 Alfred Fried Award winner for his work “Towards the Horizon.”

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PDN (Photo District News) is the most important publication for professional photographers in the US, with a monthly reach of over 500,000 in print & online. PDN is the recipient of two Lucie Awards and the seven-time winner of the Neal Award for Editorial Excellence from American Business Media. Each year, in their PDN Annual competition, a panel of renowned judges from all disciplines of photography select the best works in 7 professional categories.

It was just announced that Gerd Ludwig’s book, “The Long Shadow of Chernobyl,” with an essay by Mikhail Gorbachev, published by Edition Lammerhuber, was named one of the best photo books of the year in the PDN Annual.

For more information: http://www.pdnphotoannual.com/gallery/2015/Gallery.php?ShowCase=113#113-Gerd_Ludwig

To purchase signed copies of the book: http://www.gerdludwig.com/store/