Jonathan Danko Kielkowski is a German based architecture and documentary photographer. 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.
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.

After graduating from school he started to study communication design at the Georg Simon Ohm University of applied sciences in Nuremberg in 2010.
2011 Jonathan became father of his son Georg.
2015 he graduated from university with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Besides working on commercial photographic and 3D 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.

In June 2018 Jonathan became father for a secound time with his daughter Greta.



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

2018 October „Chip Photo Video“ Magazin – Fotografie Extrem

2019 January „Pyramiden“ Second Photo Book published by White Press






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 GEO

2017 Mashable

2017 DIY Photograhy

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

2018 Bayern 2 – Radio Resien – Radio Show (My part at minute 16:24)

2019 WDR3 Deutscher Fotobuchpreis 2018/19 – Radio Show (part about my exhibition at minute 0:55)




2012 July „Acht am Werk“, Stadthaus Hersbruck, Hersbruck, Germany

2012 September „Photokina“ 3D art exhibition, Cologne, Germany

2013 April „Quelle-Großversandhausfotografie“ Weinerei, Nürnberg, Germany

2015 November „Fotofever – Photography Art Fair“, Louvre, Paris, France

2016 Februar „LA Art Book Fair“ MOCA, Los Angeles, USA

2016 Mai „JDK CONCORDIA“  25 Books, Berlin, Germany

2016 June Vienna Photo Book Festival“ Vienna, Austria

2016 July „Arcana Books on the Arts“ Los Angeles, USA

2016 July „Rencontres d Arles 2016“ Arles, France

2016 July „BYOPapers Arles“ Arles, France

2016 October „EMOP Berlin“ Helmut Newton Stiftung, Berlin, Germany

2016 November „Paris Photo“ Grand Palais, Paris, France
2017 February „Düsseldorf Photoweekend“ Photo Book Salon, Düsseldorf, Germany

2017 June „Vom Untergang“ Nuernberg Künstlerhaus, Nürnberg, Germany

2017 September „RAW 17“ Photofestival Worpswede, Germany

2017 November „Slow Boat – 10 Years of White Press“ together with Frederic Lezmi & Koji Onaka Forum für Fotografie, Cologne, Germany

2019 January „Pyramiden“ Forum für Fotografie, Cologne, Germany

2019 November „JDK Werkschau“ Meistersingerhalle Nürnberg

2020 May-June „TBD JDK“  Choisi Bookshop Lugano, Switzerland

2020 July-September „FORUM 051: JDK – unbounded“, Stadtmuseum München, Germany




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