ABOUT

I AM MATTHIAS ZORN, AN ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHER WHO COMBINES HIS PROFESSION WITH HIS PASSION. WELL, I CALL MYSELF 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 VERY EXCITING SUBJECT, I AM ALSO DEEPLY INTO ARCHITECTURAL, WILDLIFE AND LANDSCAPE THEMES AS WELL AS MONOCHROME PHOTOGRAPHY. 

I HAVE STARTED TAKING PICTURES IN MY GERMAN HOMETOWN MAGDEBURG, BACK IN 1983. MY FIRST TOOL WAS THE PHENOMENAL PRAKTIKA MTL5, I BOUGHT THAT 'MACHINE' FROM MY FIRST SAVINGS, MONEY I GOT GRANTED WITH FOR MY JUGENDWEIHE (CONFIRMATION). IN THE YEARS OF THE 1990-2000 DEACDE, I WAS WORKING WITH A CANON 500N, UNTIL I HAVE DISCOVERED THE FIRST DIGITAL CAMERAS. 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 EQUIPMENT THAT SUPPORTS ME AS ITS BEST.

THE NATURE OF MY WORK IS PURELY BASED ON INTUITION AND MY PERSONAL 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 ANOTHER ANGLE, LIGHT, TONE AND SHADOW IS A PERMANENT DRIVE OF MY PASSION. THE CAMERA IS CONSTANTLY WITH ME - EVEN THOUGH I DONT EVEN HAVE IT AT HAND. ITS THE PERMANENT ATTEMPT CAPTURING THE MOMENT WITH MY EYE AT LEAST. THERE IS A PHOTO FOR EVERY SINGLE MOMENT IN LIFE WHERE YOU CAN CATCH THE SIMPLICITY OF THE PARTICULAR SITUATION.

BESIDES BEING DRIVEN BY THE LIFE AND ITS INDIVIDUAL MOMENTS, I FEEL INSPIRED BY THE WORK 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.