I grew up in a small commuter town near Frankfurt, Germany. After college, I moved to the U.S. to earn a Ph.D. in philosophy (Princeton University). I then worked for several years as a cognitive science researcher at the École Polytechnique in Paris, France, and as a professor of philosophy at The Johns Hopkins University and the University of Cincinnati. During those years, I became ever more involved with photography and gravitated from the classroom to the darkroom. In 2000, I left the academy and now split my time between professional architectural photography and personal, mostly documentary projects about landscape (urban and rural) and people.
Selected Exhibitions and Publications
I Would Redesign That Udder. Images from Kentucky county and state fairs. University of Kentucky Art Museum, Lexington, KY, May–August 2017.
Blades (with Joel Feldman). Black-and-white mural showing historical cutting implements. 21c Museum Hotel Lexington, KY, March 2017–18.
Berlin Sculpture. Black-and-white environmental portraits of sculptures in and around Berlin, Germany. SFO Museum, San Francisco International Airport, 2014.
Website: coalscapes.com. A visual exploration of landscape transformations in one of the world’s largest lignite coal basins, the German Lausitz (Lusatia). With generous support from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.
Coalscapes. Images of coal mine reclamation in East Germany. Institute193, Lexington, Kentucky, 2014.
Populating Spaces. Video installation at BYTE Gallery, Transylvania University, as part of Studio 300 Festival of Digital Art and Music, Lexington, Kentucky, 2012.
Power Plant. 8'x10' murals at IABR (International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam), Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 2012.
Portraits of personalities involved in mine reclamation in the German Lausitz region, together with Katja Wolf (texts), in Redesigning Wounded Landscape, Internationale Bauausstellung Fürst-Pückler-Land 2000–2010, ed. (Berlin: Jovis, 2012).
Suspended Animation: Henderson’s Municipal Power Plant. Images and essay in: The River Cities Project (Lexington: The University of Kentucky, College of Design, 2012).
Image contribution to Urban Wildscapes, Anna Jorgensen and Richard Keenan, eds. (London: Routledge: 2011).
Figures (collaboration with Joel Feldman). Swanson Contemporary, Louisville, Kentucky: 2011; base163 Gallery, Lexington, Kentucky: 2011.
Power Plant. 8'x10' murals at LOT Gallery, Lexington, Kentucky, and at Riverbend Academy, Henderson, Kentucky, 2009.
Graffiti. Government Center, Lexington, Kentucky, 2007–8.
Equine Surgery images in the exhibition Finding a Place: Transplanted Photographers View Kentucky (with Susan King and Mary Tortorici) at the Berea Arts Council gallery, Berea, Kentucky, 2007.
Kentucky landscapes in the exhibition Vanishing Bluegrass (with James Archambeault and Guy Mendes). Derby Museum, Louisville, Kentucky, 2007.
Maillart’s Bridges. 3D-stereoscopic displays and conventional photographs. Universities of Kassel and Cottbus (Germany), 2003, as well as Urban Design Studio—University of Kentucky, Louisville, Kentucky, 2004.
3D-stereoscopic displays as part of the exhibition The Art of Structural Design: A Swiss Legacy. Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ, (U.S.A.), 2003. The exhibition traveled to the Carnegie Museum of Art, MIT, Smith College. Image contributions to the catalog: David Billington, The Art of Structural Design: A Swiss Legacy (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2003).