Janko Puls

photographer and writer, owner of Applecore, LLC

New York, NY, USA
I focus mainly on landscapes, urbanscapes and seascapes. The human condition is my topic though, and I find this expressed in inanimate objects as well. Architecture, embedded in the social and geological topography, plays a special role in this context. The definition of who we are and how we want to be seen is ricocheted and mirrored over time and space in buildings and their environments. For my understanding of ourselves as a society, this approach provides a valuable alternative to portrait photography.

With my background as a degree-holding journalist, historian and art historian, I come from a non-fictional tradition, but started venturing into narratives. Being a storyteller and book author, I am not shy to clear new, easily accessible paths to the visual arts. My more playful approach with small planets resulted in photos I even used for something as practical as wall clocks.

My book "Guess Where in New York?" offers an unusual way of exploring my favorite city for children and adults alike. It works on different levels of recognition and interpretation.

Work Experience

Applecore LLC

owner, photographer & writer

- fine art photography
- travel and street photography, US and Europe
- portrait
- landscape, urbanscape, seascape.
- panoramic pictures, small planets, photographic objects.
- advanced Photoshop and Lightroom experience.
- advanced film and digital experience.

- Freelance photojournalist & writer in English and German for newspapers, magazines, and online publications in the US and Germany. Freelance photographer in the US market.
June 2006 - New York, New York, United States

Frankfurter Rundschau

head of online department

- Developed, managed and headed a team of four staff editors, an editorial assistant and other contributors.
- Head of online newsroom. Selection, writing and editing of news, writing for online and print editions of the newspaper.
- Information flow management, newspaper content integration and content development of further sources within the newspaper, of agencies, and of other sources beyond the printed newspaper. Development of online only contents.
- Strategy and brand development, web site traffic growth
- Development of structure, layout and design of website
- Internal and external strategic consulting, including strategy development.
- Project management.
- Selection, integration and migration of online content management system (Evolver CMS), migration of contents with existing print CMS (Unisys Hermes). Work with standard software (Photoshop, Quark, Pagemaker, Excel, Word, Access, several Content Management Systems / CMS).
April 2000 - April 2006 Frankfurt am Main, Germany


Freie Universität Berlin

Magister Artium (Master of Arts, M.A.) in mass communication, history of art and history of the middle ages

1990 – 2000
Freie Universität Berlin
Master of Fine Arts
Mass communication, history of art, history of the middle ages

In addition to the above mentioned I studied political science, philosophy, contemporary history, French, Italian, and German literature, all at at Freie Universität.

Master thesis in mass communication about "Strategies of Berlin based newspaper publishers on the internet". Finished with best degree (1.0).

After finishing my studies at Freie Universiät Berlin, I taught Online Journalism at the Institut für Publizistik und Kommunikationswissenschaft for one semester.

1994: Università per Stranieri di Perugia
3rd degree level with best grades, Italian language and culture

1988-1990: Technische Universität Berlin
science of art, philosophy, German literature
1990 - 2000 Berlin, Germany


English (Fluent),
German (Native),
French (Beginner),
Italian (Beginner),
Spanish (Beginner),
Latin (Beginner),


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