Jonathan Danko Kielkowski is a German based photographer and artist.

Documenting the traces humans leave behind. Creation and decay of man-made structures above and underground. Human impact on and interaction with nature. History. Fascinated by the constant struggle of humanity to reclaim nature and vice versa, he travels to remote areas and to places, that are normally hidden from view, sometimes long forgotten. Working for architecture offices, urban administration and agencies his work can also be found in exhibitions world wide.



Jonathan was born on May the 7th 1988 in Nuremberg, Germany.

Between 1994 and 2006 he went to the Waldorf School in Wendelstein Germany where he achieved his high-school diploma. 2006 he switched to the Lothar von Faber School in Nuremberg, an Art College of advanced Education where he qualified for further education at the university of applied science. During this time he focused mainly on drawing, painting as well as sculpturing and scale modeling, experimenting with different technics to express him self. The content and the topics of his pictures were related to the content motioned above.

While he was graduating from school the demolition of an old abandoned factory he had spend a lot of time in his youth, led him to his first steps in photography in 2009. Jonathan wanted to capture and document the last moments of this structure before it disappeared.

From then on he stared to focus more and more on this lost places, capturing their changes and sometimes disappearance by photographing them.

After graduating from school he started to study communication design at the Georg Simon Ohm University of applied sciences in Nuremberg in 2010.

During his studies his focus shifted even more from illustration and graphic design to photography and later also computer generated imaging (CGI).

2011 Jonathan became father of his son Georg Juli.

2015 he graduated from university with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Besides working on commercial photographic and CGI projects he also spends a lot of time on various free documentary projects. All of them are driven by the fascination of telling and showing forgotten stories, places and traces of human presents.

2016 he published with White-Press his first book “Concordia”, showing for the first and only time the interior of the wrecked cruise ship Costa Concordia after it was raised back in 2014.




2013 Heft 3 „Schöne Heimat“ Magazin – Editorial  „Denkmalabbrüche nach Gutsherrenart“

2013 Sommer „Nürnberg Heute Nr.94“ Magazin – Documentation „Auf Drehortsuche“

2014 Winter „Nürnberg Heute Nr.97“ Magazin – Editorial „Und Action!“

2016 Februar „Concordia“ Artist Book published by White Press

2016 March „Vanity Fair – Italy“ Magazin

2016 March „ART“ Magazin – Pictures of the Month

2016 March „Photonews“ Magazin – Portfolios

2016 October „German Underground“ Photo book by DuMont






2011 NN Interview

2012 SRB Interview

2013 Video – Franken TV „Weinerei Exhibition“

2013 Curt Magazin

2014 NZ German Newspaper

2016 Video – TF1 France National Television News Report

2016 Stern

2016 Vice Germany

2016 Vice International

2016 Vice China

2016 The Guardian

2016 Spiegel Online

2016 The Huffington Post

2016 VideoThe Huffington Post Germany

2016 De Volkskrant dutch newspaper print and online

2016 Frankfurter Rundschau german newspaper print and online

2016 FAZ German newspaper print and online

2016 NZ German newspaper

2017 Bayern 2 Radio Show (My part starts at minute 20)





2012 September „Photokina“ Cologne

2013 April „Quelle-Großversandhausfotografie“ Weinerei Nürnberg

2015 November „Fotofever – Photography Art Fair“ Paris

2016 Februar „LA Art Book Fair“ Los Angeles

2016 Mai „25 Books“ Berlin

2016 June Vienna Photo Book Festival“ Vienna

2016 July „Arcana Books on the Arts“ Los Angeles

2016 July „Rencontres d Arles 2016“ Arles France

2016 July „BYOPapers Arles“

2016 October „EMOP Berlin“ Speech and book presentation

2016 November „Paris Photo“ Book signing and presentation
2017 February „Düsseldorf Photoweekend“ Speech and book presentation

2017 June „Vom Untergang“ Photo Exhibition, Nuernberg Künstlerhaus





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