Jan von Holleben

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VIDEO: Jan von Holleben talks the advantages of collaboration across art forms.

VIDEO: Jan von Holleben talks the advantages of collaboration across art forms.

VIDEO: Jan von Holleben talks the advantages of collaboration across art forms.

Born in 1977 in Cologne and brought up in the southern German countryside, the critically acclaimed photographer Jan von Holleben lived most of his youth in an alternative commune with his parents, a cinematographer and child therapist.

At the age of 13, Jan followed his father's photographic career by picking up a camera and experimenting with all sorts of imaginative photographic "magical tricks" with friends and family. After pursuing studies in teaching children with disabilities at the Pädagogische Hochschule in Freiburg, he moved to London, to study Theory and History of Photography at Surrey Institute of Art and Design, and quickly submerged himself within the London photographic scene, where he worked as picture editor, art director and photographic director.

Jan uses the principle of the 'homo ludens' - the man who learns through play, in much of his personal and commercial work, perhaps best expressed in his book "Dreams of Flying" in which children re-enact their superheroes or favourite fairy story in a series of beautifully choreographed tableaux.

His "magical" photography has won many accolades including; the Observer Hodge Photographic Award; Audi Next Level prize; the International Photography Award in Los Angeles; the PHE07 Best Photography Book for Dreams of Flying; Gold in the PX3 Photography Award and most recently he was shortlisted for the Aesthetica International Creative Works Competition in Germany.

The award winning "Dreams of Flying", which has also been published as a book, has been exhibited in solo and group shows, including at the V & A, London; Graniph, Sydney, Australia; BZ Galerie Freiburg; the Peter Hay Halpert Gallery, New York and as part of the 2009 Hereford Photography Festival in the group show "Seen but not Heard".

"Snowbed", has also published as a book and is now in its second edition. This work has been shown at Radialsytem, Berlin and the Foto8 Summer Show in 2008. His most recent series "Mutatis Mutandis" had its debit solo show at the Farmani Gallery, New York in September 2009.

Jan's favourite collaborators are his "friends and any pirates, fairies, dragons, monsters and punks that are about". Otherwise he greatly fancies "loads of cups of green tea, Bircher Müsli, colourful socks & sneakers, his bike and walking in the mountains".

Jan von Holleben's photographs

Jan von Holleben's books

The Snowbed
    • Hardback
    • 7 available
Dreams of Flying 2
    • Hardback
    • 9 available
Mutatis Mutandis
    • Hardback
    • 9 available
Ho Ho Ho
    • Hardback
    • 8 available