About

After my civil service in a hospice, I studied photography – in Bielefeld, Essen and San Francisco. In 2013, I moved back to my hometown Düsseldorf. From here, I'm work for companies and magazines and I take pictures for my fine art projects, which I publish as books and exhibit in international shows.

Statement

Experiences that have shaped me, my direct environment, and my daily work with the camera are my starting points in order to search through my artistic work for answers to my questions in life and the mystery of photography. Ever since my civil service in a hospice, »The Coordinates of the Human" have become a central topic of my photography. They connect my book projects, in which I deal with love and family, life and transience. My photographs are created out of the need to find answers to my questions in life, as well as to help the people I portray and the people who look at my pictures.

Education

  • 2012 - 16 | “Fotografie”, Folkwang Universität der Künste, Essen (DE)
  • 2011-12 | “Photography”, Academy of Art University, San Francisco (US)
  • 2003-10 | “Fotografie und Medien”, FH Bielefeld (DE)

Selected Awards

  • 2011 | „Fulbright Scholarship“, San Francisco (US)
  • 2010 | „Foreign Artist Award“, China Pingyao International Photography Festival (CN)
  • 2010 | Stipendium der Kunststiftung NRW (DE)
  • 2010 | „Best Photo Book of the Year Award“, PhotoEspana, Madrid (ES)
  • 2008 | „Erstwerk-Wettbewerb“, Bielefeld (DE)
  • 2008 | „F/Stop-Wettbewerb”, Leipzig (DE)

Selected Exhibitions/Publications

  • 2019 | International Industrial Photography Festival China Liaoning (CN)
  • 2019 | Haifa City Museum (IL)
  • 2018 | Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken (DE)
  • 2017 | Kunsthalle Nürnberg (DE)
  • 2016 | Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Sydney (AU)
  • 2016 | Kunstmuseum Bonn (DE)
  • 2015 | Guatephoto Festival, Guatemala City (GT)
  • 2015 | Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf (DE)
  • 2012 | DZ Bank Art Foyer, Frankfurt am Main (DE)
  • 2012 | Goethe Institut, San Francisco (US)
  • 2011 | Museum Het Dolhuys, Haarlem (NL)
  • 2010 | China Pingyao International Photo Festival (CN)
  • 2010 | Galerie Hartmann, Wien (AT)
  • 2009 | Fotomuseum Winterthur (CH)
  • 2008 | F/Stop – Fotografiefestival, Leipzig (DE)
  • 2006 | Kunsthalle Bielefeld (DE)

Personal Website

http://www.daniel-schumann.com

Galleries

Daniel Schumann | Purpur Braun Grau Weiß Schwarz. Leben im Sterben (2008)

Daniel Schumann | Purpur Braun Grau Weiß Schwarz. Leben im Sterben (2008)

Today, many people have no concrete concept of death and what it means for them. My work seeks to make death visible, with all the pain and suffering that fatal illnesses entail, but also with the certainty that a final farewell in dignity is possible. I want to show death as something common and tangibly ubiquitous in the real world. My project shows people living in a hospice over a period of one year. People come, people go. Some stay longer, others shorter. The course never follows a straight line. The seasons change, the light changes, the colours change. The people live their lives, become weaker, die. For the individual, the story of life always ends with death. For others, for family members, for people outside this experience, life goes on. People die. People are born.

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Daniel Schumann | Prinzessinnen und Fußballhelden. Lebensbedrohlich erkrankte Kinder (2010)

Daniel Schumann | Prinzessinnen und Fußballhelden. Lebensbedrohlich erkrankte Kinder (2010)

For my long-term project Princesses and Football Stars, I portray families who have a child with a life-threatening illness. Photographs frequently serve as a document for preserving a cherished memory. This is especially true in cases where a family portrait captures the fragile balance between the wish for normality and the tragedy of illness and impending death. I received a grant from the Arts Foundation of North Rhine-Westphalia for this book project. The result, Princesses and Football Stars, was honored with the Foreign Artist Award at the China Pingyao International Photography Festival 2010. This project will be continued.

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Daniel Schumann | International Orange – San Francisco. Gay. Family (2013)

Daniel Schumann | International Orange – San Francisco. Gay. Family (2013)

As a Fulbright grantee in San Francisco, I wanted to carry forward the idea of family portraits in such a diverse and liberal city and express the freedom and beauty that I experienced in California. Since working on my book Princesses and Football Stars, I have become very interested in the subject of family portraits. I decided to take images of LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender] families and couples, as an investigation on the shift in understanding family life. The ease of how people with varied sexual orientation, cultures, and religions live together in San Francisco is amazingly enlightening. Thus, this project is both a declaration of love to this wonderful city and also an encounter with people, their concepts of life, and their dreams.

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Daniel Schumann | The End of Winter (2016)

Daniel Schumann | The End of Winter (2016)

»The End of Winter«, unknowingly began for me when I was in a car accident which destroyed a substantial amount of my photography equipment. In this project, destruction plays a major role. It has provided new space for creation and development, as that of a storm that has toppled trees in a forest. Throughout my past projects, photography has become a way for me to explore my questions about life, my environment, and my experiences. This project is writing a love letter to the medium of photography for providing me a greater sense of freedom and understanding about life, and propelling me deeper into my creative photographic process.

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