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Gerd Ludwig  National Geographic photographer, speaker, teacher, author of several photo books, most recently "minus 2/3" and "Sleeping Cars"

http://www.gerdludwig.com/

Bridges over and along the Amstel are illuminated at night. Known as the 'Venice of the North,' Amsterdam has over 100 kilometers of canals, 90 islands, and 1,500 bridges.
@natgeo @thephotosociety @natgeocreative #Amsterdam #Netherlands #canals #bridges #nightview #Amstel

Countless bicycles rest in bike racks outside a bus terminal in front of Amsterdam’s Central Station.  With transportation by motorized vehicles discouraged by government policies, Amsterdam has become famous as one of the most bicycle friendly cities in the world.  Over 60% of all transportation throughout the inner city is done via bicycle, and an estimated one million bicycles populate the bicycle paths and roads throughout Amsterdam.
@natgeo @natgeocreative #Amsterdam #Netherlands #bicycles #sustainable #transportation #bikefriendly

Mist surrounds the trees of the Reinhardswald Mountains, one of the oldest forests in Germany.

@thephotosociety @natgeocreative #Reinhardswald #forest #Germany #trees #mist #landscape

With Russia constantly in the news, here is a photograph from my @natgeo coverage of the Crimean Peninsula, depicting every day life before the conflict began.

In Sevastopol, Crimea chords of friendship bind accordionist Olesya and comrades, who meet Sundays on the promenade to sing and dance into the night. The promenade is composed of terraces, large gardens full of shrubs, trees, and flower beds, dissected by gravel walkways. It is a popular destination of resort for inhabitants and tourists of all ages. This photograph is also included in my book “Minus 2/3: The Invisible Strobe” which details my flash photography technique.

@thephotosociety @natgeocreative #Russia #Ukraine #Crimea #Sevastopol #accordionist #promenade #joy

Taking place every 5 years in the German town of Kassel, documenta is a 100-day long art exhibit, and arguably the most important, often controversial, contemporary art show globally. This year’s documenta14 for the first time began in Athens, Greece on April 7, and on June 10 will open its doors in Kassel, where it may draw one million paying visitors.

Having grown up nearby Kassel, I attended many documenta exhibits in the past and continue to do so whenever possible - and can’t wait to get there this year. Here is a gallery of my images from documenta13 five years ago.

Artist works in consecutive order: Yan Lei’s “Limited Art Project”; Massimo Bartonlini’s “Untitled”; Goshka Macuga’s “Of what is, that it is; of what is not that it is not”; William Kentridge’s “The Refusal of Time. A 5-channel video with megaphones and a breathing machine”; Zanele Muholi’s “Faces and Phases”; Ida Appleboorg; Guillermo Faivovich & Nicolas Goldberg; Etel Adnan; Thomas Bayrle; Guiseppe Penone’s “Idee di Pietra”

@thephotosociety @natgeo @documenta14 #documenta13 #Kassel #art #exhibit #Germany

Photo by @lerapen. After three years of work, my son's @MaximLudwig new album Libra-Scorpio Cusp premiered last Friday on the @hitcityusa label. Here is a quote from his release statement: "I feel like this album is so unabashedly me... As an independent artist, I rely on the kindness of strangers (cliché, but true) and the size of my friend’s hearts. Please, take a listen and if you feel so inclined, help me shout this album from the mountain (more cliché). It’s a testament to the last three years of my life and now that it’s out, I wanna get this into as many earholes as I can." He will be celebrating the release of Libra-Scorpio Cusp with his 8-piece Raw Dog Band at the @bootlegtheater on Beverly Blvd in Los Angeles this Friday, June 9th. If you live in LA or happen to be in the area, you'll find me there.  Follow the link on @MaximLudwig’s bio to access the album or give it a listen on your favorite music service, and "… turn up your speakers, put down your phone, open all your windows, take off your clothes, and enjoy Libra-Scorpio Cusp" says Maxim.  #LibraScorpioCusp #music #rocknroll #indierock #LosAngeles #LAmusicscene #artrock

Flashback: In January 1978 I went on a journey to the Lower Rhine with Joseph Beuys, one of the world’s most renowned artists of the second half of the 20th century, just before his solo exhibit at the @guggenheim. It led us back to Beuys’ origins, back to his roots, into the city of Kleve and its surroundings where his life began. I captured Beuys as he was reconnecting with his past. To him, it was a look back into the landscape of the Lower Rhine with its deep horizons and soaring skies - very simple and with depth. Sparse, like his works.

Some of the photos were published in the German weekly “Zeit-Magazin”. However, a corpus of this work remained unpublished and long unseen by the public. A fine art edition of 21 images (available from the @faheyklein gallery) can be seen on my website at http://www.gerdludwig.com/beuys/

@thephotosociety #beuys #art #artist #Kleve #Germany #LowerRhine #hat

Photo by @arthurvanb

Professional photographers and amateurs around the globe are invited to participate in the Alfred Fried Award 2017 (@alfredfriedaward). In partnership with UNESCO, the Photographische Gesellschaft (PHG) in Austria and Edition Lammerhuber,this award annually recognizes the world's best photograph depicting peace. The five finalists will be invited to Vienna, Austria. There the winner will be announced and receive €10,000. In past years the winners received their honors from the hands of Nobel Peace Laureates. The winning photograph will be displayed at the Austrian Parliament for one year before it becomes part of the Parliament's permanent collection.

For the first time this year, children aged 14 and under can enter the separate Children Peace Image of the Year Award, where the winning image will receive € 1,000. The entry deadline is June 4, 2017.

All entries are free of charge.

As a permanent member of the jury, I was happy to see my former assistant, Arthur von Beveren, become a finalist in 2015. The photograph here is from his entry Regelbau, a study of German WW2 bunkers along the Atlantic coast. See last year’s winning images and entry information at www.friedaward.com

#photocontests #alfredfriedaward #EditionLammerhuber

Here is a gallery of 7 photographs I took during brief trips to the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve in the Mojave Desert.  Due to the heavy precipitation during the rainy season, this spring the poppy bloom blanketed the rolling desert hills of the valley. The Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve Center is now closed and will reopen in February 2018.
@thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeocreative #wildflowers #AntelopeValley #California #bloom #poppies #Mojave #desert

With its sparkling limestone peak and its jagged “teeth,” Ai-Petri is among the most spectacular mountains in Crimea. Made of the weathered remains of a huge coral reef formed millions of years ago, when this area was under the sea, the limestone here is exceptionally dense - hence its longevity. The photograph was taken on assignment for @natgeo before the Russian-Ukrainian conflict over the Crimean territory.

The photograph also appears in my book Minus 2/3, in which I reveal the secrets behind my flash photography, like here: “Throughout the exposure of more than a minute, my assistant and I popped strobes manually towards the peak from various directions, thereby illuminating the mountain evenly, just enough for it to emerge from the shadows. Lighting a mountain that far away with just two handheld strobes – this is how far technology has advanced!” #Crimea #Russia #Ukraine #AiPetri #flashphotography #landscape #longexposure #nightphotography

A victim of geography and hard-ball politics, the Salton Sea is California’s largest, most troubled lake. It lies 227 feet below sea level with no outlets and very thirsty neighbors, including a billion dollar farm economy in the bone-dry Imperial Valley, 124 golf courses, and salt laden wetlands hosting a menagerie of wildlife in growing crisis. With low levels of rainfall and only few inlets, the Salton Sea depends on the Imperial Valley’s agricultural run-offs for its survival.
Since my first visit in 1999, I returned many times to teach photo workshops, for an assignment for National Geographic magazine in 2006, and for personal exploration ever since. The opening photograph of the NatGeo story showed an assemble of sunken palm tress. Over the years, I have revisited the same remote spot to document its changes. This gallery shows a variety of photographs of that very same location today, seven years prior, ending with my initial photograph 14 years ago.

@natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #SaltonSea #California #landscape #environment #palmtrees

A lure for movie stars in the 1950's and 60’s, the Salton Sea was expected to become the next Las Vegas, but environmental problems led to its decay and turned it into California’s most troubled lake. 
Now Salton City's low costs and hot climate attract thousands of retirees, or “snowbirds” like these women, enjoying morning pool exercises at the Fountain Of Youth Spa near Niland.

@natgeo @natgeocreative  @thephotosociety #SaltonSea #Niland #FountainofYouth #pool #exercise #spa

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