Telling Stories With a Single Picture: Interview With Photographer, Jürgen Bürgin About His Work

Telling Stories With a Single Picture: Interview With Photographer, Jürgen Bürgin About His Work on Jung Katz Art Blog

How did you get started doing what you do?
Well, my job in movie business sounds quite exciting, but a pity it isn’t too creative, so one day I’ve decided to do something creative. And that’s how it started.

How would you describe your creative style?
Good question. I try to tell stories with one photograph. Which is quite a contradiction. Stories need changes and time to evolve, but one photo only represents one single moment in time. So I need the one who looks at the photo to get a story started: I try to evoke this story in the mind of the observer. That’s what I try to do.

“I try to tell stories with one photograph. Which is quite a contradiction. Stories need changes and time to evolve, but one photo only represents one single moment in time. So I need the one who looks at the photo to get a story started: I try to evoke this story in the mind of the observer. That’s what I try to do.”

 

What’s your inspiration?
Lots of photographers, every day a new one. But I always try to find inspiration as well in literature, poetry or above all the movies. I think in a lot of my photos you can see that I’m very much influenced by movies.

What is art to you?
Art is something that doesn’t have a use except being itself.

“Art is something that doesn’t have a use except being itself.”

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What does your typical day look like?
My typical day looks like not having any time for photography at all. I make my little boy ready, bring him to kindergarten, go to my movie business job, get little Julius from kindergarten, go to the playground with him, have fun with him and maybe bring him to bed later. If a miracle appears I have some time to prepare my next exhibitions.

How long does it typically take for you to finish a piece?
So no wonder that a series takes years for me.

How do you keep motivated?
Have exhibitions on a regular basis and get motivation from the guests of it!

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How have others reacted to your work?
In my exhibitions, I’m usually quite an entertainer and I involve the guests of my shows – they have to choose their favourite photo, they have to tell their own story about my photos etc. That’s quite exciting for me and for them as well. I always try to make the guests of my shows

“In my exhibitions, I’m usually quite an entertainer and I involve the guests of my shows – they have to choose their favourite photo, they have to tell their own story about my photos etc. “

What, if anything, would you tell your younger self?
Do not destroy your inspiration and passion by trying to make money with your inspiration and passion!

Interview with photographer Juergen Buergin on Jung Katz Art Blog
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What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
Find someone who’ll give you good advice!

What are your thoughts on art school?
Oh, I would love to have visited one, but I didn’t. I think it really helps thinking and working like an artist and even more important: If it’s a good art school you win a very precious network, that ideally helps you during your art life.

“Do not destroy your inspiration and passion by trying to make money with your inspiration and passion!”

 

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What’s your dream project?
Oh, I’m working on two of them, the one has to do with the circus, the other one with boxing. But I would still need a few years with lots of time to carry it out how I dream of carrying it out. So give me some time, please!

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How could the art industry become better in your opinion?
Well, my advice to everyone who likes to be an artist is: Get a real job and take the money you earn to use it for your art life. I’m always trying to find photography based galleries or locations that aren’t completely about money. Here in Berlin, we have lots of that. Some cheap places, some galleries that are funded with public money. When money comes into the play for me it often gets boring.

You can follow Jürgen Bürgin on Facebook, (@JuergenBuerginPhoto), Instagram (@juergenbuergin) and Twitter (@JuergenBuergin).

You can also follow our art blog, Jung Katz on these social sites as well.

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