(B. 1980)

André Wagner is a German fine art photographer who lives and works in Berlin. He began his career with the study of Graffiti. However, after completing a photography apprenticeship in 2001, Wagner immersed himself into the medium. Much of his photography is the result of a unique combination of performance, technical manipulation and landscape photography. Wagner intricately stages many of his works, however, they are never digitally edited. The works are not shaped by the possibilities of post-production but rather by the artist’s own interference into environments. (1) Employing intensive color schemes and dramatic lighting, achieved by the artist’s sensitivity to the conditions of light and time at the moment of shooting, the shooting process can take between minutes and hours. Light plays a crucial role in each piece, whilst Wagner uses his camera to explore its ability to alter our reception of the photographic subject. (2)

Wagner’s work gained attention in 2008 for his series Romance of Elements. Using nocturnal long exposure, the artist utilized various sources of light and captured their movement through a diverse selection of natural settings, often carrying the torch himself. The resulting images are not only visually arresting, but also intriguing amalgamations of 'contemplative landscape, land art, performance and self-portraiture.'

 

The subjects for Wagner’s photographs are most commonly captured during his extensive travels in China, India and New Zealand. Following his early interest in the natural setting and long exposure light techniques, Wagner turned his attention from the natural landscape to the cultural one. With a keen interest in visually capturing the sublimity of nature and human experience, these works intimately explore the local traditions, mythologies and rites of passage that are key to the cultures encountered on his journeys. 

André Wagner has been awarded several prizes for his photographic works, including the Prix de la Photographie Paris in 2016, the 6th Annual Photography Masters Cup in 2013 and the Trierenberg Austrium Super Circuit in 2008. His Artwork has been exhibited internationally in galleries, public spaces and museums and his photographs are held in a number of public collections throughout Germany.

(1) Mindaugas Kavaliauskas, ‘The Lichtbildner of the 21st century’, André Wagner: Visions of Time (Berlin, Distanz, 2013), 9.
(2) Ibid.

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