Diario di Venezia

The real impulse for this trip was the appeal of many friends, who reported how empty Venice on these special days is. Due to the global corona pandemic, the cruise ships’ numerous travel plans had literally gone overboard. The additional fact that Italy, as the first European hotspot of spread, would probably not be the first choice as a holiday destination for many people, made the statements about an empty Piazza san Marco absolutely understandable for me…


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The Leica Welt in Wetzlar

Why Leica? Well, that’s a good question. Some or even very many photographers would say that a significantly cheaper camera also could take good pictures. You can of course agree with that. But I would also like to claim, not least from my own experience, that I have been able only with…


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Der Lichtwald RGB

When talked about photography, you sometimes hear the phrase “painting with light”. I think none of my previous photographic work comes closer to this description than this collection of color photographs of the Festival of Lights at the Lichtlberger Wald with its…


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Der Lichtwald

An equally magical, but also mystical place is the Lichtlberger Wald in my Bavarian home town of Eggenfelden. A patch of earth that lets the senses come to rest and at the same time inspires your own perception. The incredible silence allows you to indulge in the past, enjoy the truth of the moment and inexplicably allows you to see the…


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The Daily Planet von Wiedenbeck

“To collect photographs is to collect the world” – a quote by Susan Sontag (1933-2004), which perfectly describes the Daily Planet von Wiedenbeck. A new curated smorgasbord of individual street photographs around the world from 2011 until today. Past photographs that have never been shown before, old friends, but…


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Another Obsession for Freedom

It almost feels like yesterday when I was at the idyllic emptiness of the Wadden Sea on the North Sea with my companions at that time. In St. Peter Ording and on the island of Sylt, I strove for creative work for my first published photo book OBSESSION FOR FREEDOM almost 7 years ago. At the time, the origin of this compulsive “obsession for freedom” could be defined clearly…


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Behind the Scenes at BACC Bangkok

Parallel to the premiere at the Weltmuseum in Vienna, the exhibition “Experience Thailand”, my reportage about the refugees in northern Thailand, now came back to Thailand to the Bangkok Art & Culture Center. Since the two exhibitions took place simultaneously, a second set of selected fine art prints was specially made for…


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Vergeßt mir die Liebe nicht!

The kiss is gone, but love stays. A beautiful quote from the five-year-old Jette, after the evening ritual of the good night kiss from her mother. This quote could not be more appropriate for me today. But I’m not talking about love for a mother or a child. Rather, it is about the one, true and heartfelt love; those who can inspire us beyond the sky and at the same time tear us into a deep abyss.


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Vergeßt mir die Liebe nicht! – Exhibition catalog

I’ve met someone. It was a coincidence, I did not look for it, I was not on the prowl. It was the perfect storm, a random chain of circumstances that led to this one moment. One word gave the other and suddenly, in the middle of conversation, I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her. Now I have that feeling that she could be the woman of my life…


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Jurek Riegler

The club and music scene in Berlin is known worldwide and the Berlin DJs are not infrequently the internationally acclaimed rock stars in the genre of electro, techno & house. Their own productions make them so special. Just like him – Jurek Riegler – certainly not a newcomer, but then somehow!


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Experience Thailand at inatura Museum

From Bangkok back to Austria – After the grandiose “performances” at the Weltmuseum Vienna and the BACC in Bangkok, the photography exhibition “Experience Thailand” is now finding its way back to Europe. Together with…


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Vergeßt mir die Liebe nicht! – at Gotischer Kasten

After hope and the happiness, the love comes now ! As so often before, it is very important to me to show the premiere of a new exhibition / photography story at my home town Eggenfelden. Vergeßt mir die Liebe nicht! – An essay about love from Alexander von Wiedenbeck – was opened with a glamorous, but also deep thought evening. Again, more guests than…


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The Rise of the Old Values

Just a few decades ago, the expression “the camera doesn’t lie” was commonly used around the world. The photo taken served as a witness of authentically captured moments. As a piece evidence, you could even call villains of the past to account with the help of photography…


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Limited Fine Art Prints von Wiedenbeck

The heart & soul of BLACK BOX GALLERY® is the raw, true and authentic photography. No technically accomplished perfection, no realities distorted by image manipulation. Only the real moment, a captured and irretrievable one that tells a story – photography as a storyteller and the photographer as…


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Genny Miliano in New York

“All our dreams come true, if we have the courage to pursue them,” said the New Yorker Genny Miliano. Great dreams call for great acts. We often strive for our desires and goals, but they don’t always seem achievable, at least from our own objective perspective. Usually it just requires a firm belief though and taking that one more step at precisely the place where…


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Refugees in Northern Thailand

Thailand: This is primarily holiday, fun, sun and sea. But Thailand also has more than 1.5 million people from Myanmar who had to leave their country years ago. More than half of them have no legal status, their children can not go to school.

In Bangkok, the journey started with a photography reportage, which shows the deep insights of the lives of these refugees. The focus was not on the negative aspects of the escape, it was much more the intention to show the positive side / the positive development of the integration.


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Vergeßt mir die Liebe nicht! – in the last moves

At the beginning there is always an idea – a thought. The first acts are formed from these thoughts and once the stone has started rolling, it is difficult to stop it again. Vergeßt mir die Liebe nicht! is a story I have worked on for more than two years. This mainly because it is the most personal photographic work of mine to date. Yet the photography did not come first, it was the story behind the story that served as inspiration and ultimately created this essay about love … photography came later!


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Experience Thailand in Bangkok

A photography reportage is coming home – after the grandiose opening night at the Weltmuseum Wien, the photography exhibition “Experience Thailand” now finds its way home after the three-month exhibition. Together with CARE Austria and RAKS Thailand, the successful exhibition of the refugees in the north of Thailand could now be shown at the BACC in Bangkok. On a complete floor in Bangkok’s largest…


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Fashion Editorial at Wintergarten

L‘essentiel est d‘être soi-même, de ne pas dévier de sa ligne, ne pas changer pour faire plaisir aux autres. Ce sont nos erreurs, basés sur notre personnalité, notre caractère, ou les obstacles qui jalonnent notre parcours qui nous permettent d‘apprendre. Apprendre de ses erreurs et s‘améliorer“


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Behind the Scenes in Northern Thailand

In the truest sense of the word, the paths led us over rough and smooth into the depths of the jungle in northern Thailand. For a reportage about the refugees from Myanmar (formerly Burma), I was allowed to fly for CARE Austria and the Raks Thai Foundation in the far north to Chiang Mai, followed by a 6-hour drive into the deep province towards the border to…


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Dina König

For her new PR campaign Kazakhstan born alto Dina König came to our studio in the Bavarian province to Eggenfelden. Capturing your calm soul, paired with a sometimes energetic nature was the task…


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HOPE – by Alexander von Wiedenbeck – single sponsorship

In the summer of 2018, a single fate was promoted for the first time in order to show how little effort can save a whole human life at the Philippines and put it on the right track. The little Rosemarie would like to become a preschool teacher…


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CARE Calendar 2019

After the issues 2016 and 2018, the 2019 edition of the CARE calendar will be published with photographs from one of my reportages. This time from the Experience Thailand Story, which was realized together with CARE Austria and CARE Thailand. The photographs from the calendar, as well as numerous others, also found their way into a photography exhibition at the Weltmuseum Wien, as well as to the Art & Culture Center in Bangkok.


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Stephan Hinz

DJ Stephan Hinz, based in Berlin, is no longer a newcomer. In spite of or just because of his great start in the electro and techno scene, after a few years from Ibiza, Colombia to London and back to Berlinhe is already a firmly established size in the international club scene…


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Matador Magazine

In Cebu City, families have been living among graves for generations, struggling daily with the dead to survive. The lifestyle magazine MATADOR has written a comprehensive report about HOPE – by Alexander von Wiedenbeck for his print edition 04/18.


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Behind the Scenes at Weltmuseum Wien

The Weltmuseum Wien is undoubtedly one of the most established cultural centers in Austria. Located in the former residence of the emperors respectively the current Federal President, the building itself has a long history. A fortiori the honor to exhibit in such a renowned museum. The exhibition “Experience Thailand” will be there for three months from the beginning of December with my…


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Women Empowerment – Kenia

Once again my ways led me to the African continent with the Austrian branch of the international aid organization CARE. Kenya should become our destination and once again the women have been in the focus. The core of these projects, above all is the health of mothers and children. Despite significant advances in recent years, the infant mortality rate is still over 5 percent by the age up to 5 years…


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Experience Thailand at Weltmuseum Vienna

What an awesome evening! Together with my friends from CARE Austria and the Weltmuseum Wien, we celebrated the beginning of my new photography exhibition “Experience Thailand” on the evening of December 5, 2018. More than 300 invited guests enjoyed the opening with the Vienna Boys Choir. The photographs not only give a strong visual insight into…


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Humans – (Episode) Women’s Rights

Strengthening women’s rights is still a big issue in many countries today in the 21st century. Recently, even in the western world, it seems as if every day a new scandal comes to the public. Especially in the photography, the fashion and the show & shine world of entertainment you would think it would be a matter of course.


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stern magazin about HOPE by Alexander von Wiedenbeck

Sleep in the cemetery – work in the garbage! for the International Street Children’s Day, a wonderful article by Denise Fernholz for the Stern Magazine.


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Money, Power, Glory by photographer Alexander von Wiedenbeck

Money Power Glory

MONEY POWER GLORY – a new fashion editorial by photographer Alexander von Wiedenbeck.


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Moments of Happiness

New day, new happiness – countless phrases and quotes can be found all over the world about happiness. They could hardly be more different. Harald Juhnke, a famous german entertainer once defined happiness with the phrase “no appointments and have had one too many” – whose content you can agree without hesitation. But as different as the advice and the quotes may be, in a certain way every one of them has its truth content…


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Preschool saved thanks to HOPE – by Alexander von Wiedenbeck

HOPE – by Alexander von Wiedenbeck continues to make good progress and has meanwhile generated the enormous sum of 40,000 euros. Following the successful project of the Training & Health Center, as well as the three water stations in Inayawan, I have once again kept my eyes and ears open for the projects of the action group Children in Need, in which the photographs of HOPE – by Alexander von Wiedenbeck were created are. Since it is important to me that the funds are used as effectively as possible and, above all, sustainably, I am pleased to inform you that I have once again found a nice project in education.


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Give Depression a Face

A more than intensive portrait series with Rosalinde in Berlin found its way into the PR work of the campaign Give Depression a Face.

The aim of the project:
To promote depression as a disease. To increase the understanding of those affected in the population by conveying messages through emotional images and words as a depressed person feels. To give the…


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Davenport

And again … led me my way to the north of Germany to St. Peter Ording and the Wadden Sea. For the cover & booklet of the 4th album of the band “Davenport”, we should discover “weit meer” as we were realized at the beginning. It was the silence & the almost infinite horizon combined with the drifts in the sand, which made this magical place surreal…


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Sculpture Network

Not long ago, I was asked by my home town, if I want to photograph the works of great artists like Joseph Michael Neustifter, Willi Baumeister, Alois Öllinger, Karl Reidel and numerous other internationally celebrated artists, in my point of view for the international festival SCULPTURE NETWORK…


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HOPE – by Alexander von Wiedenbeck

It can be summed up in one sentence that this was by far the worst and at the same time most wonderful trip of my life so far. Terrible on the one hand due to the disastrous and in fact surreal living conditions of the children on the Philippines. On the other hand, though these children opened up my heart so much more than I had ever thought possible. The hope, faith and love of these children is much greater than the world they live in.


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Sculpture Network – Exhibition Catalog

Within the festvial of SCULPTURE NETWORK, the photographs of great artists like Joseph Michael Neustifter, Willi Baumeister, Alois Öllinger, Karl Reidel and numerous other internationally celebrated artists were shown at the exhibition and at the same time immortalized in an exhibition catalog.


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Mika Amaro

Pure fervor can drive us for our passions … it gives us courage, strength and leads our skills! The passion of mika amaro from Cologne, it is her fascination for bicycles, coupled with her passion to create high-quality and innovative bikes “Made in Germany”…


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HOPE – the film about the exhibition

The premiere of the exhibition HOPE – by Alexander von Wiedenbeck in my hometown Eggenfelden was a complete success in all respects. More than 300 invited guests to the vernissage and almost 1,000 visitors during the exhibition time were able to generate a total of over 25,000 euros in donations by selling the exhibits and the exhibition catalog for the cemetery and dumpsite children at the Philippines. A result that can be seen, especially for a place with just 14,000 inhabitants.


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CARE Calendar 2018

After the successful production of the CARE Calendar 2016, together with CARE Austria, now the European edition of the calendar will be published for the first time with photographs of Humans – (Episode) Women’s Rights, which originated in the aid projects in Kenya, initiated by CARE Austria.


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Ela H.

Celebrated and established all over Europe as a DJ / producer in electro and techno music, she is also a favorite model for photographers … but to capture the personality behind all this is a completely different challenge. As a unique local from Berlin, she is naughty, tough, self-confident and above all she has the gift of gab …


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The first aid project due to HOPE – by Alexander von Wiedenbeck

The first aid project financed by HOPE – by Alexander von Wiedenbeck is in the middle of implementation. For the dumpsite children (and their families) in Inayawan we were able to build three water supply stations and a sanitary facility (washing area / WC). Just the water stations helped enormously in the region, because people had previously go several kilometers into the city and buy water very expensive in canisters. More than 900 people now benefit from the water stations.


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Obsession for Freedom

Maybe it all came from naivety, and i don’t know how to describe it, but the thought of it was circling me over and over again. It was the idea of creating something “real”. For sure, it was a leap in the dark, but if you feel a calling to do something, it gives you the feeling that there is no turning back – which is incredible!


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Nina de Lianin

Nina de Lianin is an artist who does not exist a second time. She is a singer, actress, dancer and model. The born Serbin currently lives in Berlin, but for sure her real home is out in the world. Whether as a model for Thierry Mugler, as a singer at the Friedrichstadtpalast in Berlin or as a dancer at the Eurovision Song Contest, she is a celebrated artist on the big stages on nearly every continent…


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Women Empowerment – Uganda

The international project on strengthening women’s rights by CARE Austria, which I travelled to Kathmandu in Nepal for in April 2015, was now taking me to the African continent and Uganda. A country which was still embroiled in a civil war 10 years ago and is still visibly shaped by the scars of this tense time today…


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HOPE – Vernissage at Gotischer Kasten

Finally, we made it! – the grand opening of the premiere of HOPE – by Alexander von Wiedenbeck. More than 2,000 hours – from the journey in the Philippines, to the selection of images and development, the final selection for the exhibition catalog, the layout for the same, the final printing approval of each page, the organization of the exhibition to the premiere now at…


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Behind the Scenes in Africa

The reportages of the Women Empowerment in northern Uganda and Kenya were my first two photo reportages on the African continent. To my astonishment, there were clearly noticeable differences here compared to my previous experiences on the same project in Asian countries such as Nepal, India or the Philippines. It was the unconditional…


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Nepal Earthquake 2015

April 25th in 2015, a date which the people of Nepal certainly do not forget so quickly. It was the day when the country and especially the city of Kathmandu were haunted by one of the most horrible earthquakes in their history. With nearly 8,000 deaths, the country’s most lethal catastrophe was the subject of history…


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Behind the Scenes – HOPE Exhibition

The premiere of the charity photography exhibition HOPE – by Alexander von Wiedenbeck – an important milestone for the pioneer project of social responsibility within the reportage photography. For sure, the dreams and ideas are correspondingly ambitious. 52 fine art prints on handmade paper from Hahnemühle were mounted unframed at the Gotischen Kasten in Eggenfelden…


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The flood of the century, photographed by Alexander von Wiedenbeck

After the flood of the century

The water had gone but what remained were destroyed houses and existences and a whole load of mud and sludge. As one of the three rivers that pass through the city winds in an almost 90-degree bend just in front of the old town, the flood water carried all the sludge from the riverbed into the city. The roads were awash with almost half a metre of it and…


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HOPE – exhibition catalog

Hope dies last – so they say. But is that really the case? Can there be hope, when children live in cemeteries and have to spend the night in graves? Can there be hope, when young girls, barely eight years old, are molested by their uncle or grandfather? Can there be hope, when children search from dawn to dusk in rubbish dumps for usable materials, so that if they are lucky they will get a meal at the end of the day? Can there be hope, when a girl forced into prostitution already has two abortions behind her?


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The flood of the century, photographed by Alexander von Wiedenbeck

The flood of the century

It was to go down in the history books as the worst flood of the century, 7 countries in Central Europe were affected by it, but the region around Passau in Bavaria, Germany was affected most severely by the torrential rainfall. On the way back from a production in Munich I was leaving the city heading east when I heard on the radio about the…


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Leica Blog – Women in Uganda

The international project on strengthening women’s rights by CARE Austria, which I travelled to Kathmandu in Nepal for in April 2015, was now taking me to the African continent and Uganda. A country which was still embroiled in a civil war 10 years ago and is still visibly shaped by the scars of this tense time today. Banks are guarded by security personnel with machine guns and the hotel’s security precautions are similar to those at the industrial nations’ summit meetings…


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Interview with Pixel Magazine

Under the headline “With a Love Greater Than That of the World They Inhabit” a detailed interview with Emily von Hoffmann from Pixel Magazine about my charity exhibition HOPE – by Alexander von Wiedenbeck, the trip to the Philippines and a possible mental preparation for the same.


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The Making of the HOPE

Like my written story in the book HOPE – by Alexander von Wiedenbeck told you, the reportage about the cemetery and dumpsite children at the Philippines was a far more profound experience than I had previously imagined. In spite of this previous experience, I was actually not aware that the process of…


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tifa – Tokyo International Foto Award

The Tokyo International Photo Award is a highly regarded photography competition in annual performance. An equally international jury of photographers, gallerists, editors, publishers, filmmakers and publicists decides on the winners among all the submissions in the ten categories. In addition to prize money, the photographs / photo series are shown each year in …


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Memorial to the murdered jews

The Foundation Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin, a memorial that has been the subject of controversial public discussions several times already. Be it whether the sense and purpose can be justified in relation to the incredibly high building costs. Whether the design, architecture gets to the heart of the matter itself or if the running costs and…


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The Children of Uganda

The actual reason for my trip to Uganda was a photographic report on the Women’s Empowerment project run by the international aid organisation CARE. But I couldn’t of course help noticing the children’s lives and circumstances there too. Partly or perhaps more explicitly because of my involvement with and my report on the children living in cemeteries and…


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GoSee AWARD 2016

Once a year, the online creative portal GOSEE organizes the GOSEE Award, in which a jury of several experts (Art Buying, Editing, Creation, Publishing, etc.) selects the winners for each of the seven categories. It was especially pleasing for the jury, as well as for the people around GOSEE, that my photo reportage…


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The Watthof Essentials

I think it was pure curiosity that led me to Sylt for the first time many years ago. I have seen and felt many magical places around the world on my productions. Initially, I wouldn’t maybe have thought that there could be such an idyllic and quiet place in Germany too. Back then I was looking for a suitable setting for the production of my OBSESSION FOR FREEDOM illustrated book on the one hand but also a place that…


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Eloise from Paris

“An incredible girl,” said Jeremy from Ford Models in New York when he called me and asked whether I had time and fancied taking a few photographs of the French model Eloise. A new face who had just arrived from Paris. Being very curious about this “incredible girl”, I naturally said yes and had the pleasure of establishing that he definitely had not exaggerated…


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Leica Blog – Hope for Children

Many photographers around the globe aspire to have an impact not only in the artistic world, but leave a mark of goodness in mankind. Alexander von Wiedenbeck, born in the province in South-Eastern Bavaria near the Austrian border, is among those who have experienced the live of a renowned advertising photographer and is now using his own art to follow a more socially responsible career and impact lives in a positive manner…


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Atelier in Berlin

Oh my beautiful Berlin, how fond I have grown of you! I must confess, I was not taken by the German capital at all 17 years ago. Back then, it all just seemed pretty dirty to me, there were scary figures running around the streets and apart from Potsdamer Platz, which had already been completely renovated back then, the rest of…


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Superior Magazine

Concrete Nature for the Superior Magazin, photographed by Alexander von Wiedenbeck.


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The Crowdfunding for HOPE

My basic idea two years ago was to give something back. It can be asserted without qualification that we in the western world have a very high standard of living and should be thankful to have been born in such a world – by no means are all people so lucky! For this reason, I contacted 10 aid organizations in 2014 and offered my help and support. I wanted to do what I could with my passion for photography to make a contribution toward a better world and assume social responsibility within reportage photography. After considerable research, I soon found a very special project. After that, I flew in January 2015 to the Philippines together with the action group children in need e.V. and visited their projects there with the children at the graveyards and rubbish dumps.


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C/O Berlin

In 2009, first time I came in contact with the C/O Berlin, at the vernissage of the exhibition “On Street” by fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh and a following lecture with him and photographer Jim Rakete. At the “Postfuhramt” in the Oranienburger Strasse, the visitors were certainly impressed by the location, the old “undressed” masonry…


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Blancpain Endurance

Photography-Reportage for an advertising campaign at the Blancpain Endurance at the Circuito de Navarra in Spain.


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Sakcham – Women Empowerment in Nepal

The issue of women’s rights is still topical in the Western world today, even in the 21st century. In the world of fashion and photography in particular scandals are becoming more and more common. Whether it’s the alleged sexual escapades of one Terry Richardson or the fact that catwalk and photo models are seen as a commodity and also treated accordingly far too often…


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Usha Dean at Chateau Marmont

The legendary Chateau Marmont on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood is far more than just a hotel – it’s a cult. A place of worship for scandals and excessive partying. Rock stars like Led Zeppelin once rode their motorbikes through the lobby of the hotel modelled on the French Amboise castle. Johnny Depp once said that he had…


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Sylt en vogue by photographer Alexander von Wiedenbeck

Sylt en Vogue

The island of Sylt is a magical and above all most non-typical spot for Germany. Apart from the peak season between April and August, it is quiet and idyllic, a place that you can retreat to, where you can finally find yourself again away from everyday stress. It is an island of rich and beautiful people and has definitely been en vogue for decades…


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Georg “Schorsch” Hackl

He’s a sportsman, a luger. 16-time German Champion, 7-time European Champion, 10-time World Champion and three-time Gold medallist at the Olympic Games. He’s an established name in international sport. He’s metalworker, inventor and trainer. He is down-to-earth and committed to his social responsibility…


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Leica Blog – The Strength of Women

Alexander von Wiedenbeck, a Munich and Berlin-based photographer, collaborated with CARE, a 70-year old cooperative known as the Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe to create a 2106 calendar depicting women’s strength in Nepal. Now, CARE is one of the largest aid organizations fighting global poverty, and with the creativity of von Wiedenbeck, the calendar has come to be a unique masterpiece that invites the viewer into these women’s lives…


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100 Elefanten by Chima – Video

It was Chima himself who called me one evening and told me how impressed he was with my OBSESSION FOR FREEDOM photo book and associated short film. His current music video for the song 100 Elefanten was in the starting blocks for production and the deadline for publication was very tight…


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G7 Gipfel in Germany

I could not be any less interested in politics. There are no limits to the imagination here, from left to right and right down the centre. Owing to the creativity of one or two brilliant figures, you could actually classify politics as an art genre. And it was precisely this that took me to Garmisch-Partenkirchen to the G7 summit…


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Liebeslänglich – Cover & Booklet

Controversial and at the same time linked, Nicole Martin, the singer from “all about davenport”, describes it so aptly. On the one hand for life, which has extremely negative associations but also allows for a positive view at the same time, for example permanence, irrevocable for the rest of your life…


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Karin Fraidenraij – Mode Editorial

Karin Fraidenraij is all about fusing the zeitgeist with the traditional, the romantically fancy in accord with classic cuts. A feeling of freedom that the South American designer insists on and which her knitwear collection strives for. But once you get beyond this ordinary aspiration you become addicted to an obsession – an obsession for freedom…


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Kristin am Times Square

It’s loud, it’s hip and it stands for freedom and a fighting spirit – New York City – the Big Apple, a metropolis with 8 million people. A city that famously never sleeps. Jay-Z and Alicia Keys once sang “these streets will inspire me”, which you can corroborate without any doubts once you’ve experienced this vibrant city that constantly reinvents itself…


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Sakcham – The Care Calendar

The program intervention SAKCHAM in Nepal as part of the framework program „Claiming Rights – Promoting Gender Equality: Women‘s Empowerment and male engagement for gender transformation in post-conflict and chronically food-insecure settings” is financed by the Austrian Development Cooperation and implemented in the Churia region…


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Tiana Kunioka

The island group of Hawaii could not be any more dazzling. From the white sandy beaches to the port town of Honolulu to the still bubbling volcano on Big Island, there is plenty on offer here. The islands in the Pacific Ocean are a magical place for tourists, dropouts and creative types but also for locals…


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Obsession for Freedom – the Book

Striving for true freedom seems to be an unreachable challenge… and yet, you would like to discover the limits. In a world full of twists and turns, you could miss the essential moment. The moment that could change everything…


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Leica Blog – Après le Grand Déluge

A compassionate photographer documents the grim but hopeful aftermath of the Great European Floods of 2013.

Q: We last interviewed you in March 2014 for your work “OBSESSION FOR FREEDOM.” What have you been up to photographically and professionally since then?

A: Oh, a lot has happened in the meantime: some productions in fashion and a cover production for music…


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The first work in the making

It has been a few weeks since my trip to the silence and emptiness of the Wadden Sea on the North Sea. The urge for free creative work, the impulse for the whole venture, was quenched for the time being. Now it was a matter of getting the “created” into shape in order to ultimately make something sustainable from it. Something that can be preserved for generations, as long as its value is…


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Aurelia Chenat in Hongkong

The French woman Aurelia Chenat has got around quite a bit. The international party and lifestyle scene all over the world is her home and yet in her chosen home of Hong Kong, she has established herself firmly as a so-called “It Girl”. Good enough reason for me to wander the streets with her during my short stay in the port city.


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Obsession for Freedom – The Film

As part of the production for my first photo book, Obsession for Freedom, I came up with the idea of capturing the obsession and search for boundless freedom in moving images too. As a result, I invited my good friend and filmmaker Daniel Michaelis and his team onto our set on the island of Sylt. Daniel and I sat together on the terrace at our accommodation in the evenings and wrote a screenplay that…


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Behind the Scenes at Obsession for Freedom

The choice for the place of the trip was of course no coincidence, but well considered and led us consciously to the island of sylt and the wadden sea. i think only here, when the water has gone and the silence and the infinite width has spread out, only then you are able to develop absolutely freely and unaffectedly, be completely yourself and maybe discover something new between all this.


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Alexander von Wiedenbeck - Fashion and Reportage Photography

New York – New York

New York City, the city that never sleeps. Whether it’s on business for a production or just for a private short break, my travels have taken me to the Big Apple several times already. But it definitely never gets boring. The city has so much more to offer than almost any other. From Brooklyn to Manhattan, along 5th Avenue to Battery Park, by boat over the Hudson River to the former Immigration Centre and then…


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Leica Blog – Obsession for Freedom

Alexander von Wiedenbeck started photographing in 2004. In 2012, he left everything behind and started the production on OBSESSION FOR FREEDOM. Below, Alexander describes this project and his use of the Leica M Monochrom.

Q: How would you describe your photography?

A: My photography is real and one on one. For me it is important to photograph something honest, that…


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