Biography

Known as one of the greatest names in German photography, Gottfried Jäger (b. 1937, Burg) is an experimental photographer who over the years redefined the term “photography”.  To Jäger, photography is not a reproductive process but a productive system.  In breaking the boundaries of the camera, Jäger redefines the objectivity of the photographic process and uses it to create abstract geometric shapes representative of the techniques used.  In 1968, Jäger developed the idea of Generative photography, which in his words consists of “finding a new world inside the camera and trying to bring it out with a methodical, analytical system.”

 

Driven by his passion to experiment, Jäger began to use the computer as an additional tool to capture a “photograph of photography” as early as in the mid-1960s.  With a mathematical and methodical approach to the medium, Jäger delved into the study of the image.  Through algorithmic experimentations, he used the computer to create seriality and repetition.  By using early programmatic approaches to his photography, Jäger established himself as one of the first computer related artists.

 

Jäger has been part of some of the most iconic computer art exhibitions of the 1960s, such as New Tendencies  (1969) in Zagreb, Experiments in Art and Technology  (1968) at the Brooklyn Museum in New York and the groundbreaking Generative Fotografie  (1968) at the Kunsthaus Bielefeld in Germany.

 

In early May 2018, Gottfried Jäger’s work will be featured in a major group exhibition at the Tate Modern in London, Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art. Later in the month, a first retrospective of his color photography will be showcased at Sous Les Etoiles Gallery.

 

Gottfried Jäger currently lives and works in Germany, where he also serves as the photography advisor for the Peter C. Ruppert Concrete Art in Europe museum collection.

SELECT COLLECTIONS

George Eastman House, Rochester, NY 

Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris 

Museum Folkwang, Essen 

Museum Ludwig, Cologne 

Sprengel Museum, Hannover 

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hambourg 

Fotomuseum im Münchner Stadtmuseum, Munich 

Museum für Photographie, Braunschweig 

Fotomuseum, Burghausen 

Kunsthalle, Bielefeld 

Marburger Kunstverein, Marburg 

Peter C. Ruppert, Museum im Kulturspeicher Würzburg 

Internationale Polaroid Collection, Offenbach/Main 

Musée d’Art et d’Histoire Fribourg, Schweiz