Biography Jürgen Bürgin
I was born in Lörrach in 1971, a small town in Southern Germany. I was studying German literature, linguistics and economy in Freiburg and I’ve received a degree at the Albert-Ludwigs Universität in Freiburg in 1998. Then I began to work for movie business in Berlin in 1999 as a public relations manager for a film PR agency. As a creative counterpart to my daily job I started to dive into street photography. I’m shooting everywhere I am – which was Berlin, Barcelona, Paris, London, San Francisco, Chicago, Tokyo, Shanghai and New York so far. In 2011 have been shortlisted for a Sony World Photography Awards in the category After Dark. From June 28th to August 2nd 2013 the Berlin based photography gallery Fotogalerie Friedrichshain will show 50 of my photographs, which is my first solo exhibition.
Sony World Photography Award, shortlisted in the category After Dark in 2011
Brennpunkt Award on the occasion of Browse photography festival Berlin, 2012: 2nd place
C/O Berlin gallery subway photography contest: 1st place
C/O Berlin gallery Street Fashion Photography Contest: winner
“I’m doing street photography, or let’s call it urban photography, simply because most of my photos are taken in the cities of the world – and there are also aspects of travel photography or architecture photography in my photos. But that’s only helping me to name the genre. What my photography is about – is to evoke emotions and to tell stories. But a photo only shows the world in a tiny little moment, a split second – not a good precondition to tell a whole story. So I try to pose unanswered questions with my photos. I try to leave things in darkness, or in blurring, in fuzziness. I agree with Diane Arbus, who once said: ‘A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.’ I’m using the desire of the viewer, to get those secrets solved. The viewer is becoming part of the process of my photographs: He is seeking his own solutions – and he is telling his own story. So somehow this is fictional photography with documentary means.