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Jonas Feige (b. 1988, Germany) is a photographer based close to Frankfurt am Main. His work revolves around the effects of history and the relationships of people to their spaces. He has a keen interest in human perception and photography’s ability to breathe life into objects. In his photography, he combines a documentary interest in the world with a visual language that aims to take the viewer somewhere beyond the eye.

From 2016–21, he worked on the project “Zenker” with the photographer Yana Wernicke, an examination of the history of German colonialism in Cameroon based on a portrait of the botanist and gardener G.A. Zenker. A book on the project was published in 2021 by Edition Patrick Frey.

In 2018–19, he participated in the ISSP master class of Clare Strand and Gordon MacDonald, where he began work on the project “This Soil”, which was later nominated for the MACK First Book Award and published by Kominek Books in 2021.

In 2024, he published his third book, “A Narrow Foothold”, a collaboration with American photographer Alan Huck. Inspired by the methodology of Walter Benjamin’s Passagenwerk, the two construct a portrait of an anonymous city, consisting of strict geometric forms, vague symbols and spectral traces of human presence.

Since 2022, he has been working on a photographic project in the city of Weimar, in which he explores the numerous layers of the German past that overlap there.

Awards

  • 2023
    Nominated for the Prix Photoforum
  • 2022
    Zenker, The Most Beautiful Swiss Books of 2021
  • 2020
    This soil, Shortlisted for the MACK First Book Award
  • 2019
    This soil, Shortlisted for the Skinnerboox Award
  • 2018
    This soil, Shortlisted for the Hariban Award
  • 2018
    Zenker, Finalist for the Contemporary African Photography Prize
  • 2016
    Zenker, Finalist for the Prix Levallois

Exhibitions (selected)

  • 2024
    Zenker, Fotoraum Köln, with Yana Wernicke
  • 2024
    Kleiner Raum für aktuelles Nichts, Berlin, with Anna-Lena-Wenzel
  • 2023
  • 2018
    Zenker, Botanical Museum Berlin, with Yana Wernicke

Artist Residencies

  • 2016
    Flâneur, New Urban Narratives, artist residency with the ISSP, Latvia

Education

  • 2023
    BA Photography, HSBI Bielefeld
  • 2019
    ISSP, Masterclass of Clare Strand and Gordon McDonald
  • 2015
    Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie, photography studies, Berlin
  • 2012
    Graphic design studies, Hamburg