Unsere neue Webseite ist jetzt online. Prost!
Unsere neue Webseite ist jetzt online. Prost!
Für die Realisierung ihres neuen Projekts »Celebration – Disney’s Bilderbuchkleinstadt wird erwachsen« erhält Lene Münch ein VG Bild-Kunst Stipendium der Stiftung Kulturwerk. In Kürze wird sie für 4 Wochen nach Florida, USA reisen, um sich dort der vor 21 Jahren vom Walt-Disney-Konzern geplanten Retortenstadt Celebration fotografisch anzunähern.
We are happy to announce that Julius story »International Express NYC« will be exhibited at the Lumix – Festival for Young Photojournalism from june 15th to 19th 2016 in Hanover, Germany.
Website of the Lumix – Festival for young photojournalism
For the swedish customer magazine »Smarter Packaging« by BILLERUDKORSNÄS Lene was assigned to take still images of sweets and a portrait of the product designer Katrin Warneke who invented them.
»I never shot products before, but I kind of liked that job a lot.«
Back in September Lene photographed refugees in Berlin-Mitte for the reportage section of GQ Germany.
Just recently Lene was assigned by stern to shoot a picture of the Tropical Islands Resort near Berlin. As she has been taking pictures there back in 2007, it was quite exciting for her to return to this artificial world and see whether it has changed or not.
And here is the spread, that stern ran in early october 2015.
I am glad to announce the opening of my solo show PUNKTUM at GALERIE WEISSER ELEFANT. This exhibition is part of the Monat der Fotografie Off Festival 2014 in Berlin.
LENE MÜNCH – PUNKTUM
galerie weisser elefant
October 18 – November 15, 2014
Opening hours: Tuesdays – Saturdays 1 – 7 pm
Opening: Saturday, October 18 at 7 pm
with pictures of Claudia Balsters, Holger Biermann, Chiara Dazi, Hannah Goldstein, Amélie Losier, Marie Lukasiewicz, Albin Millot, Lene Münch, Frédérique Plas und Sebastian Rosenberg
Galerie am Café Nest | Görlitzer Str. 52 | 10997 Berlin | Germany
October 25 – November 13, 2014
Opening: Saturday, October 25, at 7 pm
Pass by if you are in Berlin!!!
On Friday, September 27 KLEISTER is again taking place at Görlitzer Park in Berlin and Lene Münch is gonna be part of this great event.
Opening Sept. 27, 2 pm
Where along the wall of Görlitzer Park at Görlitzer Strasse in Berlin
Finissage same day, 9 pm
Where Mysliwska, Schlesische Straße 35
Participating photographers Danny Aldred / Emilie Arfeuil / Frederico Azevedo / Claudia Balsters / Göksu Baysal / Wolfgang Bellwinkel / Karoline Bofinger / Sabine von Breunig / Michele Caliari / Tine Casper / Alexine Chanel / Max Cramer / Lia Darjes / Damien Daufresne / Chiara Dazi / Emilie Delugeau / Francis Ducreau / Boris Eldagsen / Patricia Escriche / Florian G. M. Fischer / April Gertler / hannah goldstein / Toums Gosset / Anne Kathrin Greiner / Katja Haustein / Anastasia Hermann / Britta Isenrath / Muhammed Lamin Jadama / Charlie Jouvet / Anna K.O. / Tan Kadam / Birte Kaufmann / Kim Keibel / Billy Kenrick / Isabel Kiesewetter / Dagmar Kolatschny /Birgit Krause / Sebastian Laraia / Claire Laude / Maslowski/Grenzhaeuser / Philipp Meise / Marga van den Meydenberg / Lene Münch / Florian Oellers / Lukas Olfe / Piotr Pietrus / Lucy Powell / Barbara Proschak / Nadja Ritter / Richard Rocholl / Gilles Roudière / Corinna Sauer / Anja Schaffner / Christian Schlicht / Ulrike Schmitz / Ina Schoenenburg / Linn Schröder / Torsten Schumann / Anke Schüttler / Sophie Schwarz / Cameron Scott / Kamil Sobolewski / Nora Ströbel / Sonja Trabandt / Constanze Vielgosz / Dorothee Waldenmaier / Matthias Walendy / Anna Simone Wallinger / Jonas Ludwig Walter / Janina Wick / Kai Wiedenhoefer / Jan Zappner / Kerstin Zillmer
One picture of Lene Münch is gonna be included in a one-night slideshow exhibition organized by Kaetha & The Photographic Salon as part of the International PICTURE BERLIN Festival in Berlin.
The slideshow is gonna be screened on Friday, August 15, starting at 7 pm at LEHRTERSIEBZEHN
Frederico Azevedo | Christine Bachmann | Lia Darjes | Damien Daufresne | Chiara Dazi | Dorothee Deiss | Émilie Delugeau | Patricia Escriche | Torben Geeck | April
Gertler | Ismini Goula | Fred Hüning | Thorsten Kirchhoff | Amélie Losier | Henrik
Malmström | Jan Michalko | Lene Münch | Ethna O‘ Regan | Piotr Pietrus | Richard Rocholl | Gilles Roudière | Rebecca Sampson | Corinna Sauer | Ulrike Schmitz | Ina Schoenenburg | Sarah Steffen | Judith Stenneken | Kamil Sobolewski | Christian Tiefensee | Mathias Völcker | Luca Vecoli | Sylvie Weiss
Crossing the Bridge
Lehrter Str. 17, HH, 3rd floor
July 7-13, 11 am to 9 pm
Atelier Galerie | 22 Rue Porte de Laure | 13200 Arles | France
Opening: Wednesday, July 9, at 6 pm
Finissage: Saturday, July 12, at 6 pm
Pass by if you are in Arles!!!
One image from my new series »One man is no man« on American Eastcoast Fraternities is gonna be included in a slideshow, curated by Kaetha.
Kaetha is a curatorial collaboration between hannah goldstein and Katja Haustein.
The slideshow is gonna be screened at the exhibition »Fernweh« at gallery tête in Berlin, which is showing work by Carla Åhlander, Jörg Brüggemann, Birgit Krause, Andreas Seibert & Constanze Vielgosz.
Opening: January 3rd at 7 pm
The exhibition is open on January, 4th & 5th 2014 from 2 – 6 pm
Fernweh at Gallery Tête
Schönhauser Allee 161A
Hotel Bogota is a very special and historical place in Berlin which used to be a meeting point for artists and especially photographers such as YVA, Helmut Newton and many more.
It is very sad that Hotel Bogota is forced to close its doors in the end of this month, but as much more I am thrilled about being part of the KLEISTER exhibition which will take place on its 4th floor before its closure.
KLEISTER »blue monday«
from Dec. 9th until Dec. 14th, 2013
The opening will be on Sunday, December 8th at 7 pm.
Come by to celebrate with us this amazing and unique place!
Every saturday in may I will shoot one picture under the title »white spot« for the photo column that is published in the Berlin part of the daily newspaper »taz«.
Do you see the raindrops? It just started to rain when I was taking repros… damn!
My story The Apparatus will be shown in an exhibition organised by the BFF, the German Association of Freelance Photographers, from march 23 – april 14, 2013 in Stuttgart, Germany at the »Haus der Wirtschaft Baden-Württemberg«.
The opening of the exhibition Sternstunden der Fotografie will take place on Friday, march 22 at 7 pm during the legendary »night of the photographs«.
Next to the pictures of world famous photographers such as Anton Stankowski, David Douglas Duncan, Miles Aldridge, Reinhart Wolf, Werner Pawlok, Dietmar Henneka and Ralph Gibson the five winning series of the 24th international BFF promotion award by Helen Sobiralski »Cockaignesque«, Liang Gao »Einblicke.China«, Paula Markert »Die Verhältnisse«, Lene Münch »Der Apparat« and Philipp Peter Wülfing »Alzheimer« will be on show.
Sternstunden der Fotografie
the exhibition runs from march 23 until april 14, 2013
Haus der Wirtschaft Baden-Württemberg
Willi Bleicher-Straße 19
70174 Stuttgart, Germany
Opening hours daily from 11 am to 8 pm.
No entrance fee.
»New York Edited« is the result of a cooperation between the International Center of Photography in New York and the Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie in Berlin. Every year the photo editor students from Berlin choose 12 stories that were shot by the ICP photojournalism and documentary photography students in New York, sequence it and layout a book or a magazine.
»New York Edited. On the streets and beyond« gives us an insight into the city that never runs out of interesting stories and fascinating people: beautiful, paralyzed, depressed, curious, blind, vivid, dangerous, busy, colorful, isolated, peaceful, precarious, divided, and proud are only some of the words to describe the diversity of people and places documented in this book. (From the foreword of the magazine, written by Nadja Masri, Head of the photo editors‘ program at Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie, Berlin)
I’m thrilled to have my picture chosen as the cover image of this really beautiful magazine.
Run over the pages of the whole magazine here. My series starts at minute 1:27
This portrait series of dogs and their owners in DUMBO, Brooklyn was a result of one of our self-given Friday-Portrait assignments from last year – you might remember…
For me it was interesting to see all those people walking their dogs in DUMBO, which for me is a neighborhood that seems almost a bit surreal. Without any signs of people living there, the dogs and their owners form kind of a weird contrast to this neatness.
The freshly printed newspapers of my project »Don’t you think I will look like a ghost in front of this wall« just arrived! Here is a small preview.
Some of my plant pictures have just been used to illustrate an article on the present economic situation in »Project M« Magazine. Taking pictures of misplaced plants in public spaces has been a small personal side project for the past 5 years.
Earlier this year in New York I startet shooting a project on boxing at the famous Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn. Unfortunately I never finished this project, cause the gym wanted me to pay a sort of a membership fee, which I think isn’t the right way to gain access to shoot a reportage…
But a pretty nice side effect was, that one of the trainers asked me to shoot some advertising images for his fitness website. That was fun and I could earn some money.
The search for subtle visual interest is a guiding force for me when I take pictures. It has never been more exciting for me to watch people passing by than it was in New York City. Sometimes it was a gesture, sometimes it was their appearance, which made me want to photograph these people and watch them more closely.
The following pictures are actually not new – I took all of them in July, when I was still living in New York. I just developed the rolls of film now and scanned the negatives yesterday and wanted to share the pictures with you.
These images are part of my series »Set & Setting«. You can find the whole project here.
In the newest issue of ELLE MEN (China) there is a big feature story on big wheels around the world. Mid may they sent me on assignment to photograph the owners of the world famous »Wonder Wheel« in Coney Island. Some days ago a copy of the magazine arrived at my place.
Finally my story on German Fraternities has been published in the newest issue of CICERO – magazine for political culture.
PICTURE DEPT – a tumblr by the Newsweek & The Daily Beast photo editors featured my work to promote the End-of-Year-Exhibition of ICP’s fulltime students. The opening reception is gonna be tonight. There will be wine and food!
»My Truth, Your Truth«
Full-Time Student 2012 Exhibition Opening Reception
Friday, June 22, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
School at ICP, 1114 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY
on view through August 12
Some weeks ago I shot a small story for the current issue of GQ Germany. I went to Pittsburgh, Pensilvania to photograph Paul C. Mawhinney, the man with the largest record collection in the world. Paul owns more than 3,5 Million records. Due to his diabetes he became half blind and therefore decided to sell all his records. The new owner will turn the collection into a museum.
Until January 15th, 2012 Lene Münchs series on german fraternities »Ewig treu« will be exhibited in a group show at C/O Berlin – International Forum for Visual Dialogues. Other participating photographers are Malte Wandel, Michael Disqué and Toby Binder.
Opening hours daily: 11 am – 8 pm
Place: C/O Berlin, Atelier (in the courtyard of the Postfuhramt), Auguststraße 5a, 10117 Berlin, Germany
My reportage »Ewig treu« has just been featured on kwerfeldein.de (only available in german), an online magazine about photography. Check it out here.
»Ewig treu« is one of the 60 works, that have been curated for the swedish show Planket 2011. Planket is a one-day out-door photography exhibition that hangs on a fence (»planket« means »fence« in Swedish). The format of the show has always been the same since it first started in 1982.
2011 is the first year in Planket’s history that the exhibition will travel. After Stockholm the exhibition will be shown in Berlin as well.
The dates for the shows are:
Stockholm (Lilla Mejtens Gränd): August 20th and
Berlin (Görlitzer Strasse): September 10th
A catalogue accompanies the show with one image per artist. The catalogue is for sale on the day of the exhibitions and at various bookstores and museum shops worldwide.
My final project deals with german bureaucracy and I realised a photobook with the german title »Der Apparat« (english translation: The Apparatus).
The Apparatus focuses on a theme of our time and tells a story apart from sensations. Offices and institutions are in themselves barren boring places that evoke a feeling of unease and anxiety, when getting in touch with them.
It was clear from the outset that I didn’t want to reproduce the classic stereotypes when dealing with this subject. Full waiting rooms, long corridors and annoyed faces simply didn’t interest me in this story. These images are somehow already known too well. I was rather interested in the nature of the offices and institutions themselves. In the apparatus itself. I wanted to convey a mood and encourage the viewer to pause and reflect.
Documentary photography aims, different than the purely journalistic photography, not the capture of highlights of an event, but focuses more on casual, trivial or subtle image content.
I was not only interested in the typical offices and institutions, but I have also searched specifically for scenes beside. This is why I was not only in offices and administrative buildings but have also had a look at the former home of the former chancellors, have been underground in the mine Asse II, where the Federal Office for Radiation Protection investigates for solutions to the local problem of final disposal of nuclear waste and have been told that there is a kind of TÜV for plants (Federal Office of Plant Varieties). Also new to me was, that a chimney sweep is, as a single person, as well an institution for himself.
With my pictures I don’t want to force meanings or messages to the viewer, but rather to encourage in a subtle way to look critically at our society, to question structures and prescribed paths and to form an opinion about it by themselves.
Last night, at the award ceremony, photographers from around the world have been awarded with the »New York Photo Awards«, one winner and two honorable mentions in each of the seven general categories and five student categories.
I’m very happy to announce, that I am the winner of the student category »Photographic Book«. I applied with my book »Ewig treu«, which portrays the lifestyle of student fraternities in Germany.
One of my portraits of the German politician Hans-Christian Ströbele (Green Party) that I shot for the Danish Newspaper »Information« has been nominated for the Award »Rückblende 2010« and is now being exhibited in different Cities around Germany and Belgium:
Berlin, Landesvertretung Rheinland-Pfalz, Jan 21st until Feb 20th 2011
Bonn, Haus der Geschichte der BRD , March 2nd until April 3rd 2011
Mainz, SWR-Funkhaus, April 13th until May 13th 2011
Brüssel, Vertretung des Landes Rheinland-Pfalz, May 19th 2011
Trier, Kurfürstliches Palais der ADD, June 1st until June 17th 2011
Leipzig, Zeitgeschichtliches Forum Leipzig , July 7th until Aug 28th 2011
Koblenz, Struktur- und Genehmigungsdirektion , Sept 14th until Oct 21st 2011
The catalog can be ordered here.
Quite a while ago I photographed this small essay about the »Tropical Islands« near Berlin. Let me tell you: this is the weirdest place I have ever been to. When you see the building for the first time, it seems as if an UFO has just landed in the middle of nowhere.
Initially the huge hall was built to build zeppelins, but due to financial reasons it failed in the year 2000. And shortly after that a malaysian investor bought it in order to bring the tropics to Germany.
Today the website of Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin published some of my photos from »Ewig treu« in the column »new photography«. To see the page click here.
My story »The secret world of fraternities« has just been featured in this years winter issue of PRIVATE.
PRIVATE is a very nice international quarterly of photographs, that presents photographic work from around the world since 1992. Some spreads of the newest issue »Global Report 2« and who the other presented photographers are can be discovered here.
Last night I just returned from a 5-day-trip to Munich, where I exhibited my work The secret world of fraternities at the documentary photofestival FotoDoks 2010. Beside the familiar athmosphere and all the great people that I met and the phantastic photos that were shown in the former Hertie-Store »Puerto-Giesing«, one of the highlights for me was the meeting with Anders Petersen.
All in all it was a very intense and inspiring time for me. Chapeau to the initiators Robert Pupeter, Hans Herbig, Jörg Koopmann and Armin Smailovic and congratulation to this year’s winner Gordon Welters.
The two photos of Anders Petersens lecture in courtesy of Andreas Müller.
Kathmandu – City of Kings and Ewig treu have been chosen for a group exhibition, that shows a retrospective of 10 years of photojournalism of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hanover.
Just last night, the opening of the exhibition took place at La Salle des Libertés in Perpignan. Among many guests, there were also the mayors of Hanover Stephan Weil and of Perpignan Jean-Marc Pujol.
The exhibition, which is part of the »Visa Off« programme of the »Visa pour l’Image« in Perpignan, will be open until September 4th in La Salle des Libertés, Rue Edmont Bartissol 3, Perpignan, France. Opening hours: 10 am to 6 pm daily. Just drop by in case you are in Perpignan.
The work »Ewig treu« by Lene Münch will be exhibited at the documentary photofestival FotoDoks 2010 from October 14th to 17th in Munich.
For the last two years FotoDoks was part of the filmfestival »nonfiktionle«, but this year it will be independent for the first time.
The exhibition will show eleven different approaches to the theme »inner worlds«. Next to that a lecture with Anders Petersen and panel discussions about documentary photography will take place.
Lene will be at the festival and is looking forward to meeting a lot of people over there!
Save the date:
FotoDoks 2010, October 14th to 17th, Puerto Giesing in Munich
Henrik Malmström, a photographer from Finland and friend of mine, just launched his first book in the beginning of march.
In 1999 his older sister Maija was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. At that time she was only 20 years old and the prognosis was not good. With the help of different treatments and a strong will she was able to extend and periodically enjoy her life. In 2007, when she was hospitalized again, Henrik started to document the following months, which were to be her last, for she passed away at home in April 2008. »Somehow I understood that these were the last moments and photographing was a natural way of being close to Maija.« says Henrik.
On borrowed time is a very personal photo essay, that focuses on intimate moments, the atmospheres and the sentiments that arise when facing death.
Artist talk: Saturday March 27th at 2pm
I just did an assignment for the danish newspaper Fyens Stiftstidende. The picture editor of this danish newspaper was my second examiner during my bachelor exam in Århus and remembered me, when he was looking for a photojournalist in Germany who could do the job.
The story was about Lars from Denmark, who came to Germany to get a special cancer treatment, that is not administered in his own country. The immune therapy in combination with the Local Hyperthermia is his last hope, but the doctor said, that »he was probably coming too late«. But Lars, who already overcame another tumor, just before the new one was diagnosted, is a strong personality, who doesn’t stop to fight for his life.
The story about Lars, was published on january 24th in the sunday supplement »Fokus« of the daily newspaper Fyens Stiftstidende.