About German photographer Ludolf DAHMEN

Ludolf DAHMEN studied photo design at Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts (majoring in photojournalism) and graduated in 2003 with a photo reportage on everyday school life in Japan. Since 1998 he has been working as a freelance photographer for numerous renowned clients in the business, social and media sectors. His portraits and reportages have been published in many magazines. In addition to photographs and stories of and about people, he is increasingly engaged in architectural photography and construction documentation. Since 2018 he has been photographing the construction project 'koelnmesse 3.0' (new construction of two exhibition halls) and since 2021 the demolition and future construction of the LVR House. His repertoire also includes filming and creating time-lapse photography.

Photo publications by Ludolf DAHMEN

'InsideOut. Menschen und ihre Tiny Houses' (People and their Tiny Houses, 2022)

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Editorial (a selection)

ADAC traveller / Allegra / art-Magazin / Bella / Brigitte-woman / buchjournal / Börsenblatt / Chrismon / ChrismonPlus Rheinland / Debatte (Protestant Media Association) / Dein Spiegel / dieGesellschafter / EMMA / emotion / Financial Times Germany / FinanzTest - Stiftung Warentest / Geolino / Impulse / Kölner-Stadt-Anzeiger / Lenz / Men`s Health / Menschen - das Magazin der Aktion Mensch / Monocle (London) / Neon / SonntagsZeitung (Zurich) / Socialcourage / Stern / WAZ-Mediengruppe / WDR-Print / Woman / Zeit Campus

Corporate (a selection)

Abellio / Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund / Behörde für Wirtschaft und Arbeit Hamburg / BIO. NRW / BOSCH / British Telekom / Federal Center for Health Education (BzgA) / Federal Association for the Physically and Multiply Disabled / Der Paritätische Wohlfahrtsverband / German-Japanese Business Circle (DJW) / Deutsche Telekom / German Academic Exchange Service / Deutscher Anwaltverlag / ERGO / Greenpeace / Großstadtmission / Japanese Chamber of Industry and Commerce / Kölner Pensionskasse / Kolping-Verlag / Kreissparkasse Köln / Landesministerium für Schule, Science and Research in NRW / Linda Pharmacies / McKinsey / Montag Foundations Bonn / National Center for Early Help / Rescue Service Cooperation in Schleswig Holstein (RKiSH) / SCHAUHIN / Super-RTL / T-Mobile / Tommorow Fous AG / Westerwaldklinik / Wise Guys

Stays abroad, scholarships, grants, exhibitions
  • Six-month study visit to Edinburgh, Scotland
    Gotland Scholarship, Regional Association of Westphalia-Lippe
    First Japan Scholarship, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
    Nomination of the diploma thesis for the Unicef Photo of the Year 2003
    Exhibition sponsorship of the diploma thesis, Ernst-Poensgen-Stiftung
    Support program for young photo art, photo fair-cologne.
    Project grant, VG Bild-Kunst
    Second Japan Scholarship, Ernst-Poensgen-Foundation and Goethe-Institut Osaka.
    Publication grant 'InsideOut. Life in a Tiny House', Stiftung Kulturwerk of VG Bild Kunst
Exhibitions (a selection)
  • Gallery 5 (Visby, Gotland)
    Gotland Art Museum (Visby, Gotland)
    State House Münster
    Nikon Gallery, Düsseldorf
    V8 Gallery, Cologne
    WDR Radio House, Cologne
Customer praises (a selection)
  • "Ludolf DAHMEN is one of my favorite photographers. Not only because I know that his photos always surprise me in terms of the solution to the task and the brilliance of his images. It's fun to develop ideas with him, but also to discuss his projects, which have nothing at all to do with our magazine. I have always been impressed by his social commitment, which he likes to combine with his commissions. And his exciting fellowships; two of them took him to Japan. A painting from these series has a place of honor in my apartment and is a 'real eye-catcher' every day again, even after several years." (Maja Lendzian, Chief Editor WDR-Print)
    "One of Koelnmesse's communication goals as an internationally active organizer of trade fairs and exhibitions is, in particular, to present Cologne as an attractive, lively trade fair location and to communicate its trade fair activities worldwide in images. The image worlds should have an emotionally appealing basic tone and a high photographic quality. Mr. Ludolf DAHMEN takes these goals into account to a high degree in his freelance photography work for Koelnmesse. He translates our photographic requirements into a convincing visual language, which he adapts flexibly to the respective task and situation." (Guido Gudat, Head of Corporate Communications Koelnmesse)