Gerd Ludwig Photography


Lecture at the Calgary Exposure Festival

E1N_037BEB92-web 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.

The presentation will span from early work in his native Germany, his stories published in National Geographic since the 1990s, up to recent stories in Kazakhstan, the Ukraine, and Germany. After first photographing the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster for National Geographic in 1993, he returned several times since. Recently he ventured deeper into the failed reactor than ever before and returned with haunting images, which will be part of his presentation and a recently published monograph The Long Shadow of Chernobyl.

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