Matthias Jung

About

At the age of 17 I started taking pictures for East-Westphalian daily newspapers and have been working as a photojournalist ever since. From 1988-94 I studied communication design at the university/GHS Essen. The main focus of my work was and still is reportages and portraits on cultural and social topics. The personal works of the last years almost all developed into comprehensive long-term projects and are shown in exhibitions.

Statement

I am interested in people and places, landscapes and portraits, stories and history. I like to search for and find my subjects most here in Germany. In front of my front door I succeed best to dive deeply into a work. This way I am usually not under time pressure and can sometimes try out different approaches or artistic concepts. It gives me pleasure when a work develops slowly and when I notice how the knowledge about a topic changes and shifts the topic itself. In the end there are often more questions than answers. I don't like photos that claim something and I hope that my work is "neutral" in the best sense. That despite the realism of my journalistic or documentary work, they do not impose a viewpoint on the viewer. Aesthetically pictorially but also conceptually, my search increasingly revolves around the question of how close or how distant I can look at an object and a subject. How much form and how much perfection is actually necessary?

Education

  • 1988-1994 | Kommunikationsdesign, Fotografie, Universität GHS Essen (DE)

Institution (Work Experience)

  • 1994 bis heute | Arbeit für Magazine, Unternehmen und Theater
  • 1999 bis heute | Mitglied der Agentur laif (DE)

Selected Awards

  • 2019 + 2017 | Felix-Schöller-Award (Shortlist), Osnabrück (DE)
  • 2017 | Europäischer Architekturfotografie Preis, 2.Preis, München
  • 2017 + 2008 | Förderstipendium der VGBild-Kunst (DE)
  • 2015 | Europäischer Architekturfotografie Preis, Anerkennung, München (DE)
  • 2001 | Hansel-Mieth-Preis, 1. Preis, Fellbach (DE)
  • 1993 | Reinhard-Wolf-Preis (Anerkennung), Hamburg (DE)

Selected Exhibitions/Publications

  • 2018 | Galerie Haus 23, Cottbus (DE)
  • 2018 | Landtag Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf (DE)
  • 2018 | Zentrum Baukultur, Mainz (DE)
  • 2017 | Kunstverein Leverkusen, Schloss Morsbroich, Leverkusen (DE)
  • 2017 | plusRaum für Bilder, Köln (DE)
  • 2017 | Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt (DE)
  • 2016 | Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, Frankfurt (DE)
  • 2016 | Kunstverein Junge Kunst, Trier (DE)
  • 2014 | MEWO Kunsthalle, Memingen (DE)
  • 2012 | Theater Krefeld, Krefeld (DE)
  • 1997 | Domkreuzgang, Trier (DE)
  • 1997 | Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Gera (DE)
  • 1993 | Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg (DE)

Personal Website

http://www.jungfoto.de

Galleries

Matthias Jung | Revier (2012 ongoing)

Matthias Jung | Revier (2012 ongoing)

The most important European lignite mining area is located between the cities of Cologne, Aachen and Düsseldorf in the Rhineland. Here, the second-largest German energy company operates three huge lignite opencast mines and four power plants, which have been shaping and changing the landscape and social structure of this region for decades. Since the 1950s, dozens of villages and small towns have disappeared into huge holes. Over 40,000 people have been resettled in Neuorte or have left their home region altogether. The closure of the last large open-cast mines is planned for 2038.

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Matthias Jung | Aida etc. (2012 - 18)

Matthias Jung | Aida etc. (2012 - 18)

Extras are on stage in almost every opera and in many acting productions. They almost always appear only briefly or in the background. Sometimes they are not even allowed to applaud in front of the curtain. In my work as a theatre photographer I have met a lot of extras and portrayed them in the long breaks behind the stage. A homage to the supporting role.

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Matthias Jung | Grounded (2015 ongoing)

Matthias Jung | Grounded (2015 ongoing)

Many military jets enter the public space for reasons unknown to me. They beautify private front gardens, serve as advertising media for industrial companies or are enthroned in roundabouts. Others stand in front of military bases or they are maintained as technical cultural monuments by associations or in technical museums. On my travels I photograph them as a nightly pastime.

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Matthias Jung | Oberhäupter (2012 - 15)

Matthias Jung | Oberhäupter (2012 - 15)

In Cologne there are several hundred carnival clubs, the largest of which have a few hundred members, the smallest barely a dozen. Between 2013 and 2015 I photographed the chairmen of many clubs, at that time there was only one woman among them (today it looks slightly different...).

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