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 March „Vanity Fair – Italy“ Magazin
2016 October „German Underground“ Photo book by DuMont
2011 NN Interview
2012 SRB Interview
2013 Curt Magazin
2014 NZ German Newspaper
2016 Vice Germany
2016 Vice International
2016 Vice China
2016 The Guardian
2016 Spiegel Online
2016 The Huffington Post
2016 NZ German newspaper
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“
2017 June „Vom Untergang“ Photo Exhibition, Nuernberg Künstlerhaus
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