The Long Shadow of Chernobyl photo book is here, plus an upcoming lecture at the PhotoPlus Expo in NYC, a new story in the German edition of National Geographic Magazine, and more... 
Gerd Ludwig Photography

Fall 2015 Updates

Dear Friends and Colleagues, 

I've just returned from an extended trip to Europe, where my exhibition, "Nuclear Tourism," was shown at Visa Pour l'Image in Perpignan. During a stopover in Vienna, Austria I attended the Alfred Fried Award ceremony, and in Berlin I completed an assignment for the German edition of National Geographic Magazine. Next week, I'll be in New York for my talk at the PDN PhotoPlus Expo, and then travel to St. Louis to accept the Missouri Honor Medal from the School of Journalism. Meanwhile, my Austrian publisher, Lois Lammerhuber, and I have started the layout for my next book, Sleeping Cars. I'm looking forward to finishing it up and will share it with you when the book gets released. 

As always, you can follow my upcoming events via my website, Facebook, and Instagram

Gerd Ludwig

Registration is still open for my lecture at PDN's PhotoPlus Expo at the Javits Center in New York City this October 23, from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. "The Invisible Strobe" will cover the uses for small, handheld flashes in visually sophisticated ways – to emphasize your message, offer a sense of place, maintain atmosphere, and create a personal vision, while simultaneously avoiding the obvious “strobe” look. I'll share a wide range of possibilities, from utilizing strobes at high-speed sync in broad daylight to enhancing extreme long exposures at night by firing the flash(es) multiple times. More information here. 

I'm humbled and honored to be named as a recipient of the 2015 Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism. Medalists are selected by the faculty of the School on the basis of lifetime achievement in journalism. I'll be traveling to Missouri in October for the Award Ceremony and will share my lecture "Winds of Change" and visit the exhibition of my Chernobyl photographs currently on view at the school. Read more and see the press release here. 


There are more than seven million vehicles registered in Los Angeles County. Images of traffic jams are omnipresent. But where do all those cars go to rest? The photographs in my project Sleeping Cars examine where LA cars spend their nights. These cars have a presence and command their space. They are mostly loners and shy away from being too close to others. Many sleep in covers, wearing them like nightgowns, though some sleep in the nude. Some take daytime naps, a few lucky ones sleep in pairs. Sleeping Cars will be published as a book by Edition Lammerhuber this winter. Following the book's release, the photographs will be exhibited in a solo show at the Fahey/Klein Gallery in Los Angeles, opening in February 2016. See more from the project on my website. 

Thousands of photographers, editors and photo enthusiasts gather each year in Perpignan, France to attend Visa Pour l'Image, the world's premier festival for photojournalism. They view exceptional work from around the world in exhibitions across the city and dramatic evening open-air screenings. Titled “Nuclear Tourism” my images of tourism in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone were exhibited at the Couvent des Minimes. To read more about the exhibition, along with others shown this year in Perpignan, see: CultureBox, L'Obs Culture, Politis, and Phototrend

As a member of the Jury for the Alfred Fried Award, I presented the medal to Dutch finalist Arthur van Beveren, whom I first met when he assisted me on an assignment in Amsterdam. The keynote speech at the award ceremony in Vienna, Austria was given by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kailash Satyarthi. Congratulations to Patricia Willocq, the 2015 Alfred Fried Award winner, the finalists Dmitrij Leltschuk (Germany), Carla Kogelman (The Netherlands) and David Bedoya (Peru)! More information about the Alfred Fried Award here. 

My heartfelt congratulations to Svetlana Alexievich, who was named the 2015 Nobel Laureate in Literature. Her mesmerizing and chilling book, "Voices from Chernobyl," was excerpted in "The Long Shadow of Chernobyl." More information here. Adorama's Learning Center blog recently published an in-depth piece on my book and the work in Chernobyl, which can be viewed in full here. 
The Photo Society's Instagram account (@thephotosociety) is rapidly growing and has just surpassed 2.7 million followers, an amazing milestone. Follow the TPS feed for participation in upcoming contests. 

The Photo Society launched The Image Review this winter. This portfolio review platform gives professionals and serious amateurs worldwide the opportunity to have their work reviewed by select National Geographic photographers. 


The Long Shadow of Chernobyl iPad app was recently updated for iOS8 and above, with a new design and additional content. You can order it here. 
The Long Shadow of Chernobyl was honored with the Silver Cube award from the Art Director's Club. The ADC Annual Awards is the oldest continuously running industry award show in the world. At the ADC Gala in Miami, The Long Shadow of Chernobyl, published by Edition Lammerhuber, was awarded a Silver Cube in the Best Photography Book Category. 
Following decades of work for National Geographic Magazine, I'm happy to announce that my photographic archive is now represented internationally by National Geographic Creative. 

Additional images from my recent National Geographic story on food trucks in LA can be viewed on my website and a larger selection are available for licensing through Nat Geo Creative


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