K A T J A    

L I E B M A N N 

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Contemporary German artist Katja Liebmann is a graduate of the Royal College of Art, the Kunsthochschule Berlin and the Academy of Fine Art, Nuremberg who first gained critical acclaim for her low tech camera series  Gotham City , which was acquired by the Saatchi Collection.

The work of Katja Liebmann records the energy, isolation and alienation of urban life whilst maintaining a reflective, dreamlike quality.  Much of her work is printed using low tech nineteenth century processes, such as the Gotham City  pieces which were created with the Van Dyke process. The negative is contact printed using sunlight to produce rare and timeless photographs.

Katja describes herself as a ‘painterly soul’, citing Rembrandt, Turner, Poussin, and Titian as her inspiration. On a quest for beauty and harmony, seeking order from chaos, her images are characterised by a softness and longing which she likens to German Romanticism.

Katja’s use of this early photographic technique is not a sentimental choice however; for her it simply presents the best means to portray the ephemerality of time and existence.


born                1965,    Halle an der Saale, Germany    

raised              Berlin

based               Oldenburg


Royal College of Art, London /                    Master of Art 1997

Kunsthochschule Berlin                /                        Master of Art 1995

Katja Liebmann was nominated for the 1998 Citibank Photography Prize (now the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize) and was awarded the prestigious DAAD scholarship in 1995.  Her work is in the permanent collections of the Royal College of Art, London; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Charles Saatchi Collection, London; the LzO Art Collection, (Landessparkasse zu Oldenburg), Oldenburg; the Bishkek Art Centre, Kirgisien; and the Omsk Museum of Visual Arts, among others.

Selected Exhibitions / Awards / Publications


HackelBury Fine Art, London, Early Works
Gallery Dittmar, Berlin, looking back


HackelBury Fine Art, London,  Twenty


Gallery Berlinicke, Wildeshausen


The 22th Annual Artshow, Westwerk, Leipzig
Gallery Lake, Oldenburg, solid sleep


Gallery Dittmar, Berlin, nature
Museum for industrial Culture, Nuremberg, A gram of light


Museum for Art and Art History, Oldenburg, Green Art 2


Artothek, Oldenburg,
new work Gallery Dittmar, Berlin, blue leafs


Bremer Landesmuseum / Pelzerhäuser Emden, Sehnsuchtsorte II
Gallery Herold, Bremen,  Journey / Dwellings
Art Gallery Wilhelmshaven, Destination Wilhelmshaven
Omsk Museum of Visual Arts, (with Goethe-Institute Novosibirsk), Reverse
HackelBury Fine Art, London,  Journey / Dwellings


Gallery Dittmar, Berlin, German Landscapes
Art Society Vechta, German Landscapes
Museum for Art and Art History, Oldenburg, Bright Spots- current positions and aesthetic experiments
Goethe Institute Ankara, the  space between man and camera
Novosibirsk State Art Museum, Genius loci,  VI. Novosibirsk Graphic Art Biennial ´09


Bishkek Art Center, Kirgisien, Crossroads. Nomadic knowledge and art strategies, (Sp. by IFA and Goethe Institute)
Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg,  Truth is what connects us,  (on the occasion of the Karl Jaspers year 2008)


Art Society Oldenburg (Oldenburger Kunstverein), Echt, work from 1993-2006


Gallery Dittmar, Berlin, London Bilder


Charles Saatchi Gallery, London, Landscapes, Part II
HackelBury Fine Art, London, 100% Photography
Flowers East, London, St James Group Photography Prize 2002


HackelBury Fine Art, London, Berlin 328
Goethe Institute, London, Berlin Ornaments


Hasselblad Centre, Goeteborg, Modern Times III
Sotheby’s, London, Contemporary Art Exhibition,


Maidstone Museum & Art Gallery , Inspirit
Photographers Gallery, London, Londinia
The Lux Center, London, LEA Gallery, Eyes of March


Victoria Miro Gallery, London, Urban Landscapes
The Photographers’ Gallery, London, Citibank Photography Prize, with Andreas Gursky, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Thomas Demand


National Portrait Gallery, London, The John Kobal Photographic Portrait Award,
Shoreditch Town Hall, London, Gloves Off!


David Hockney Gallery, R.C.A.London, Liquid
Centre for Contemporary Arts, Rouen, Palimpsest Berlin
Cityhall, 6 th arrondissement, Paris, Palimpsest Berlin


Awards & Honors


Shortlisted for St James Group Photography Prize


Stipendium of the Hasselblad Foundation, Goteborg, Sweden


Shortlisted for the Citibank Photography Prize 1998, London


Deloitte & Touche Prize for Excellence, R.C.A, London

John Purcell Paper Prize, London


Renaissance Art Award, Aylesbury / London


DAAD Scholarship, Berlin


Selected Publications

2014                    A gram of light, catalogue

2009                    Bright spots / Licht Blicke, catalogue

2009                    German Landscapes, catalogue

2010                    Destination Wilhelmshaven, catalogue

2001                    I am a Camera, catalogue

1999                    Hasselblad Centre #9, catalogue

1998                      New Neurotic Realism, catalogue

1997                    The Citibank Photography Prize, catalogue