Contact-Northern Light – Jens Knigge (signed)
Born in 1964, in Eilenburg, Jens Knigge grew up in East Germany and studied to become an engineer. In 1987, he moved to Berlin, where he still lives today and in 1993, he began working as a photographer, making portraits of jazz musicians and architectural photography. In 1998, against the rise of digital photography, he chose to devote himself to the archaic technique of platinum palladium print he learned from the famous printer Wolfgang Moersch. His photographs, taken with a large format camera, are printed by contact with a precise craftmanship that limits his images edition to a few prints. Exploring austere subjects: medieval and contemporary buildings, structure details, a landscape under the snow, he reveals sublime shades of gray, with an extreme sensibility to light and shadows, shapes and textures and a photography at the verge of abstraction. Since 1996, he has published several books and regularly shows his work, mainly in Germany, Japan and the United States.