ABOUT

I AM MATTHIAS ZORN, AN ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHER WHO COMBINES HIS PROFESSION WITH HIS PASSION. WELL, I CALL MYSELF AN ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHER AS I AM DOING THAT SINCE A WHILE AND HAVE TRIED VARIOUS TECHNIQUES, BUT LEAVE THAT OF COURSE TO THE JUDGING EYE OF THE BEHOLDER.

THROUGHOUT MY PROFESSIONAL CAREER, WHILE WORKING FOR MANY YEARS INTERNATIONALLY ON INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS, I HAVE ALWAYS TRIED TO CAPTURE THE DAILY LIFE OF PEOPLE FROM VARIOUS LOCATIONS - IN EVERYDAY LIFE OCCASIONS, STAGED BY THE LIFE ITSELF. 

A MAJOR PART OF MY WORK, REFLECTED ON THIS WEBSITE, IS STREET PHOTOGRAPHY. BESIDES THAT SUBJECT, ARCHITECTURAL, WILDLIFE, LANDSCAPE THEMES AND MONOCHROME PHOTOGRAPHY IS SHOWN HERE TOO. 

I HAVE STARTED TAKING PICTURES IN MY GERMAN HOMETOWN MAGDEBURG, BACK IN 1983 WITH A PRAKTIKA MTL5. SINCE 2012 I AM WORKING WITH A CANON EOS 5D MARK II.

I SUPPOSE THE UNUSUAL PART OF THE STORY IS, THAT I HAVE NEVER TAKEN ANY PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIES NOR HAVE I ATTENDED ANY PHOTO EDUCATIONAL COURSES. I AM REALLY NOT GREAT WHEN IT COMES TO ALL THOSE FANCY TECHNICAL FEATURES OR STAGED SCENERIES. I JUST NEED A TOOL THAT SUPPORTS ME BEST.

THE NATURE OF MY WORK IS PURELY BASED ON INTUITION AND MY ACTUAL VIEW ON LIFE. THE IMAGINATION AND FASCINATION FOR SIMPLICITY AND DAILY OCCASIONS AS WELL AS THE CONSTANT ATTEMPT OF HAVING A DIFFERENT VIEW ON SUBJECTS IS THE BASIS OF MY WORK. CAPTURING THE MOMENT IN EVERY KIND OF A DIFFERENT ANGLE, LIGHT, TONE AND SHADOW IS A PERMANENT DRIVE OF MY PASSION. 

BESIDES BEING INSPIRED BY THE LIFE AND ITS INDIVIDUAL MOMENTS, I FEEL STRONGLY INFLUENCED BY ALL KINDS OF STREET PHOTOGRAPHY THEMES, ESPECIALLY BY THE LIKES OF STEVE MCCURRY, VIVIAN MEIER, FRED HERZOG, HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON, DAVID ALAN HARVEY, JOEL MEYEROWITZ, ALAN SCHALLER AND SO MANY MORE.

THE WORK DISPLAYED ON MY WEBSITE ARE PHOTOS TAKEN SINCE 2002. I HAVE PUBLISHED WORK IN VARIOUS COMPETITIONS SUCH AS BLENDE, LENSCULTURE AND SIPA.

 

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zeitgeist
/ˈzʌɪtɡʌɪst/
  1. noun
    1. the defining spirit or mood of a particular period of history as shown by the ideas and beliefs of the time.