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Gerd Ludwig

Gerd Ludwig


Shooting for National Geographic Magazine since 1989, Gerd Ludwig's work has also appeared in Time, Life, Newsweek, Fortune, Geo, Stern, and countless other publications internationally.

His focus on the social changes after the dissolution of the Soviet Bloc resulted in the publication of his book, Broken Empire, a ten-year retrospective published by National Geographic. He has received numerous photographic awards, including the 2006 Lucie Award for International Photographer of the Year, the 2014 Dr. Erich-Salomon Award, the highest lifetime achievement award in German editorial photography, and the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism from the Missouri School of Journalism in 2015.

His recent book, The Long Shadow of Chernobyl, a 20-year retrospective of his work documenting the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear accident, was named the POYi Photo Book of the Year in 2015. When not on assignment for National Geographic, Gerd photographs personal projects, lectures at universities, exhibits his work internationally and teaches photographic workshops worldwide. He is a represented by National Geographic Creative.