J. KONRAD SCHMIDT

Konrad was born in the year, George Orwell wrote a book about and grew up in an architect family in Germany. After school he had to escape the normative force of bourgeois society and took the chance to tie together the two big loves of his life: human faces and a good photo.

He finished photography studies with excellent examination and ever since works as independant photographer based in Berlin.

Konrad works and lives as a “citizen of everywhere” on the old European axles between Berlin and Paris as well as Hamburg and London.

J. Konrad Schmidt is considered the “entfant visible” of young photographers.

“Konrad ist ein Kerl, der das, was er macht, gerne richtig machen will und nicht nur mit dem halben Arsch!”

Eva Padberg

photo by OLIVER ROLF

His work is known to be a composition of timeless elegance, a real sense of story, melancholic seduction and an incorruptible glance for women.

In his personal projects J. Konrad Schmidt often uses analog black&white film as his way to tell a story within pictures. Not only in the darkroom this passion is a quiet search for soul within the moment of exposure. Up close and personal.

Konrad’s private life is dominated by fine black tea and piano based music.

Group Exhibitions

  • BFF “Triebwerk” Berlin X Polaroid Originals
    Galerie Albrecht, Berlin-Mitte
    Berlin · 2017
  • 34th AOP Photography Awards Exhibition
    at the Old Truman Brewery, London
    London/UK · 2017
  • SICHT WEISE · BFF exhibition
    Haus der Wirtschaft
    Stuttgart · 2017
  • 09. Aufschlag
    BFF exhibition at Barlach Halle K
    Hamburg · 2017
  • “JUMP#4” at the Düsseldorf PhotoWeekend 2017
    with Peter Lindbergh, Oliviero Toscani among others
    Düsseldorf · 2017
  • “Triebwerk 2” Berlin
    at Kant Garagen
    Berlin · 2016
  • “Black”· BFF exhibition af photokina 2016
    with Peter Lindbergh and others
    Cologne · 2016
  • L’homage to F. C. Gundlach
    presented at the “Spinnerei Rundgang” in Leipzig
    Leipzig · 2016
  • Pre-Exhibition for the CHRISTIE’s charity auction
    Timmendorfer Strand · Neustadt/Holstein · 2016
  • 08. Aufschlag
    BFF exhibition on the occasion of the “ADC Festival”
    Hamburg · 2016
  • Photo Convention “fit for future” Zingst
    Galerie Kunsthallenhotel Vier Jahreszeiten
    Zingst · 2016
  • fotofever
    MUSÉE DU LOUVRE · Paris
    Paris/France · 2015
  • 32nd AOP Photography Awards Exhibition
    at the Old Truman Brewery, London
    London/UK · 2015
  • “Triebwerk” at BIKINI Berlin
    Berlin · 2015
  • “The day will come, when photography becomes slow again”
    at the Bucerius Law School Hamburg as part of the triennial of photography 2015 in association with the ZEIT Stiftung
    Hamburg · 2015
  • “Triebwerk” Leipzig
    Autumn tour at “Spinnerei”
    Leipzig · 2015
  • “Nacht der Bilder · Ausgezeichnete Fotografie”
    BFF exhibition at “Haus der Wirtschaft”
    Stuttgart · 2015
  • “JUMP#3”
    Digital BFF exhibition
    Düsseldorf · 2015
  • “Wild Card”
    Digital BFF exhibition as part of the triennial of photography
    Hamburg · 2015
  • 07. Aufschlag 
    BFF exhibition on the occasion of the “ADC Festival”
    Hamburg · 2015
  • Mercedes-Benz me Store
    “Month of Photography”
    Hamburg · 2015
  • fotofever
    MUSÉE DU LOUVRE · Paris

    Paris/France · 2014
  • Fujifilm trade show exhibition
    Photokina fair
    Cologne · 2014
  • 06. Aufschlag
    BFF exhibition on the occasion of the “ADC Festival”
    Hamburg · 2014
  • PHOTO-SOIREÉ “Highlights” at “Das weiße Haus”
    in association with AUDI, Hasselblad and Sutor Bank
    Hamburg · 2013
  • 05. Aufschlag
    BFF exhibition on the occasion of the “ADC Festival” ·
    Hamburg · 2013
  • DAS WESENTLICHE · LEICA exhibition
    Photokina
    Cologne · 2012
  • 04. Aufschlag
    BFF exhibition
    Hamburg · 2012
  • LEICA “COZY UP!” · Berlin Fashion Week
    Exhibition at RECOM ART showroom
    launched by LEICA Camera AG
    Berlin · 2011
  • Photography in a time before the film
    together with his BFF colleague
    Esther Haase at the triennial of photography
    Hamburg · 2011
  • 03. Aufschlag
    The grand BFF exhibition at the triennial of photography
    Hamburg · 2011
  • LEICA trade show exhibition
    Photokina
    Cologne · 2010
  • 02. Aufschlag
    BFF exhibition
    Hamburg · 2010
  • the perfect shape
    atrium of the IHK Munich
    Munich · 2008
  • 7th international photo-triennial
    Franciscan church
    Esslingen / Stuttgart · 2007
  • DEBUT 2006
    Artistcourt “Roter Ochse”
    Schleusingen · 2006

Solo Exhibitions

  • Wunderwelten Festival · Open Air Exhibition
    Friedrichshafen · 2017
  • Fotogipfel Oberstdorf 2017
    “The modern woman image of Europe”
    Festival patron is Ellen von Unwerth

    Oberstdorf · 2017
  • Art After Work #10 at prolab Stuttgart
    Stuttgart · 2016
  • Solo show for “Mercuri Urval”
    Not public · Dresden
    Dresden · 2016
  • “Nur ein Bild”
    M6 Gallery “Farbwerke”
    Hamburg · 2012
  • “Recent Work”
    Artistcourt “Roter Ochse”
    Schleusingen · 2009

Awards

  • 2x AOP Photography Awards London · Best Fashion · 2017
  • 1x AOP Photography Awards London · Best Portrait · 2017
  • PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris · Self-Portrait · Bronze · 2017
  • BFF-Magazine Award “Merrit” · 2017
  • AOP Photography Awards London · Best Fashion · 2015
  • 200 Best Ad Photographers Worldwide · 2015
  • Adobe® Influence Partner · 2014
  • BFF Jahrbuch Award “Silver” · 2011
  • Lazi Academy Award · 2009
  • Hasselblad Masters · Semi-Finalist · 2008
  • Rodenstock Photoaward · 2008
  • Lazi Academy Award · 2008
  • PCP Award · 2008

photo by LEILA IVARSSON

„There is a real sense of story, and the models seem to be treated with a much more humanistic eye.”

Steve Caddy

Clients | Companies | Brands

  • Adobe Systems
  • American Apparel
  • BACARDI
  • BMW AG
  • BMW Individual
  • Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales
  • Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung
  • Caroline International
  • Corestate Capital
  • dm-Drogerie
  • ECE
  • Ernst Deutsch Theater Hamburg
  • FOUR Music
  • Fujifilm
  • Hardenberg-Wilthen
  • Harenberg-Heye-Weingarten
  • HD PLUS
  • IAB Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung
  • Interstuhl
  • Jägermeister
  • LEICA Camera AG
  • Mercedes AMG
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • Mercedes-Benz Bank
  • Mercedes me Store Hamburg
  • Olympus Europe SE
  • Peek&Cloppenburg
  • Philips Healthcare
  • Radeberger
  • Radisson
  • RECKLI
  • Samsung
  • SIGNA Holding
  • Symphoniker Hamburg
  • T-COM
  • TU Hamburg
  • TÜV SÜD
  • Union Investment
  • Veltins
  • WFI AG Suiss

Interviews

Some of the things i’ve said over the past years · collected from blogs, magazines, companies and personalities · summing up to more than 110 pages of texts and pictures!

“Pur und roh feiert er in hartem Grau und tiefem Schwarz die Schönheit der Frauen.”

Klaus Mellenthin

photo by LEILA IVARSSON

Lectures | Keynotes

  • FFA Fördergemeinschaft fotografische Ausbildung · Bielefeld · 2017
  • AMD Academy for Fashion and Design · Düsseldorf · 2015 / 2017
  • APPLE Inc · APPLE Store Jungfernstieg · Hamburg · 2013
  • CALUMET photographic · Hamburg · 2010
  • Canon Academy PRO Forum · Canon Convention Center · Krefeld · 2017
  • FFA Fördergemeinschaft fotografische Ausbildung · Bielefeld · 2013
  • FH Wiesbaden · University of Applied Sciences · Wiesbaden · 2013
  • Fujifilm · Photokina X-talks · fair stage at Photokina · Cologne · 2014
  • Fujifilm · X-Series Tour · 2013
  • Fujifilm · X-Series Workshops · 2013 / 2014 / 2015
  • Gymnasium Georg Ernst · Schleusingen · 2008
  • Hasselblad pro talks · Zeise Kinos · Hamburg · 2010
  • Hochschule Hannover · University of Applied Sciences and Arts · Hannover · 2014
  • Hochschule Mannheim · University of Applied Sciences · Mannheim · 2015
  • Hochschule München · University of Applied Sciences · München · 2015 / 2016
  • Katapult° Festival · Frankfurt/Main · 2012
  • LAZI Akademie · The European School of Film and Design · Stuttgart · 2010 / 2013 / 2014
  • LAZI Akademie · Together with Igor Panitz in 2015 & Simon Puschmann in 2016 · Stuttgart · 2015 / 2016
  • LAZI Akademie · The European School of Film and Design · As patron of the diploma exhibition in Stuttgart · 2017
  • McCANN Worldgroup Berlin · “Speak up” in the agency · Berlin · 2016
  • Mercedes-Benz me Store · talking about “Light in Photography” · Hamburg · 2016
  • Mercedes-Benz me Store · presenting the project “Black is the color of my true love’s hair” · Hamburg · 2015
  • Mercuri Urval · Lecture about self marketing · Dresden · 2016
  • Museum for Ethnology · day of analog photography · Hamburg · 2014
  • nik Software · webinar · Hamburg · 2010
  • OLYMPUS Photography Playground · Kraftwerk Berlin · 2017
  • Only Art Club Gallery· Artist talk about “Light” · Hamburg · 2016
  • OPEN SHOW Hamburg #4 at STILWERK · Hamburg · 2014
  • Photo Convention “Horizonte Zingst” powered by ADOBE® · Zingst · 2016
  • Photokina Pro Talks · “professional stage” in Hall 4 · Cologne · 2016
  • “Triebwerk 2” at Kant Garagen, Berlin · Talking about the iconic ingredients of photography · Berlin · 2016

Self portrait