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Benjamin Antony Monn was born in 1978 in Munich, Germany.

Benjamin Antony Monn started working as an assistant to the production management for film and adverts at BMG and studying film editing at Roman Kuhn & Partner in Munich before his interest in photography became stronger and stronger and took finally over… Read More
Benjamin Antony Monn was born in 1978 in Munich, Germany.

Benjamin Antony Monn started working as an assistant to the production management for film and adverts at BMG and studying film editing at Roman Kuhn & Partner in Munich before his interest in photography became stronger and stronger and took finally over in 2001. His career took him from film editing to photography – from moving pictures to still images.
Monn worked as an assistant to Mike Detter, Stefan May and several other international photographers before undertaking his apprenticeship at the Art in Action Studio in Munich until 2003. Since then he has been a professional photographer concentrating on the fields of architecture, interiors, reportage and portraits.

From the beginning onwards architectural photography stands in the focus of Benjamin Antony Monn’s work. He is not following the established aims of the genre – documentation and identification of buildings – with his innovative way to photograph he rather works on a new definition of architectural photography.

Since 2002 this “working progress” let him carry out several groups of work parallel to each other.

Within these projects Monn approaches the medium architecture from different perspectives and photographic angles.

For his sequence A-SYMMETRIE he accurately records every single building to work out the pure architectural form. The elaboration of linear structures and abstract form criterions is in the centre of this project. Monn aims at deciphering the formal language of architecture. The design stands for itself – the buildings architecture as whole are presented in a space-, time- and functionless aesthetics.

Contrasting to this the photographer highlights fragmentary architectural details in his project CANDELA. For each image a certain construction detail of one building is carefully chosen, but photographed from a very a-typical angle of view. These changes are to such an extent that it’s nearly impossible to infer to the elements’ original position. Monn dissolves the single elements from their typical place and origin within architectural structures. With the reference to the constructive painting the detailed treatment of colour and form receives priority. His images break up with every established idea about buildings and architecture.

Monn’s youngest project within this work field is the ENDOR PROJECT, named after the homonymous planet in Star Wars VI. Abstract engineering buildings, like radar-installations, wind farms and ski-jumps, placed in the landscape without any regards build the motives of this sequence. He demonstrates the extreme incision of those functional buildings. The pictures seem created, but they are not. Benjamin A. Monn detects these alarming contrasts between landscape and architecture worldwide.

Benjamin A. Monn describes with his photography a balancing act between fine art and commercial. The artist inside him never stands still. This is visible not only in his architectural photography but also in his other work groups.
For his sequence FRAGMENTE he combines fragments of different building and creates photographic collages that arouses an entirely new experience of architecture.

His recent commercial works included a large campaign for Nikon, Ploucquet and MepSolar.

Benjamin Antony Monn is currently represented by several international galleries and agents, among others in São Paulo, Los Angeles and New York.

He is founder and CEO of the Candela Project Gallery, for contemporary fine art photography, and Lookfilter.com. His works were published in several prestigious magazines and special photographic press. His photographs were exhibited in various solo and group shows.

Benjamin Antony Monn won a variety of awards and prizes for his photography, i.a. the famous Hasselblad Masters Award in the category architecture. Read Less
  • CEO & Founder
    Lookfilter.com — Munich, Germany
  • CEO & Founder
    99edition.com — Germany
  • CEO & Founder
    Candela Project — Munich, Germany
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2011 1st prize 2011 Photography & Illustration Awards / Category - Architecture / Canada
2010 1st prize Fotoforum Award 2010 / Category - Abstract
2010 Nominated International Masters Cup / Category - Abstract & Portrait
2009 Nominated International New York Photo Award 09 / Category - Book Project
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2011 1st prize 2011 Photography & Illustration Awards / Category - Architecture / Canada
2010 1st prize Fotoforum Award 2010 / Category - Abstract
2010 Nominated International Masters Cup / Category - Abstract & Portrait
2009 Nominated International New York Photo Award 09 / Category - Book Project
2009 Nominated International Color Award 09 / Category - Architecture 2008 12 honorable mentions International Photography Award / California
2008 1st and 2nd prize Prix de la Photographie Paris/ France
2008 6th prize Rodenstock Photo Award International / Germany
2008 Nominated Sony World Photography Award / Cannes
2008 Honored and selected Celeste Art Prize 08 / Berlin-Germany
2008 1st prize Hasselblad Master Award / Category - Architecture
2005 3rd prize Nikon Photo Contest International / Category – Documentary Read Less
2010 Solo Exhibition "BAM Photography" at Photographers Gallery / Los Angeles
2010 Solo Exhibition "BAM Photography" at Designraum / Munich
2009 Group "Hasselblad Masters 08" at Gallery Contributed / Berlin
2009 Group Exhibition „Uprising Six" at Gallery Candela Project / Munich
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2010 Solo Exhibition "BAM Photography" at Photographers Gallery / Los Angeles
2010 Solo Exhibition "BAM Photography" at Designraum / Munich
2009 Group "Hasselblad Masters 08" at Gallery Contributed / Berlin
2009 Group Exhibition „Uprising Six" at Gallery Candela Project / Munich
2009 Group Exhibition "Hasselblad Masters 08" at Gallery Villa Ruh / Zingst
2008 Group Exhibition "Px3 Award" at Gallery Acte 2 / Paris, France
2008 Group Exhibition "Perfect Form Rodenstock Award" at IHK Artrium / Munich
2007 Solo Exhibition "Fragmente" at Gallery A/K/A / Munich, Germany
2005 Solo Exhibition "Robots" at Serviceplan AD-Agency / Munich, Germany
2005 Group Exhibition "Part One charity exhibition" at Alte Gaertnerei / Munich
2005 Solo Exhibition "A-Symmetrie" at Artroom Felix / Munich, Germany
2004 Group Exhibition "Heimweg Projekt" at Museum Haus der Kunst / Munich
2004 Group Exhibition "Heimweg Projekt" at Gallery Martin Kudlek / Cologne
2004 Group Exhibition "Heimweg Projekt" at Gallery Zink & Gegner / Munich Read Less
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